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Posted in: Japan issues coronavirus medical guidance as infections rise See in context

 Instead of real proactive procedures, like for example cleaning and disinfecting all surfaces in trains people hold on to at the end of stations, regular desinfection of hand rails (escalators especially) in train stations and elsewhere, panels for ticket vending and ATMs, surfaces in reception areas etc, etc, etc

Those are not useful nor effective, unless you have staff constantly disinfecting surface 24/7 it would be useless because after the first person touches it it has to be considered contaminated. Cost is hugely higher than the very limited benefit.

There is a lot of personnel at train stations, banks and institutions who just stand around and do nothing in particular (the numerous security guards for example) who could do that job. Instead of handing out free tissues, it would be also a good idea to hand out disinfectant tissues so that everybody can wipe touch panels before and after use. Of course there is always the option of doing nothing and wait and see, the preferred option.

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Posted in: Japan issues coronavirus medical guidance as infections rise See in context

So 6 weeks after COVID-19 was declared a public health emergency of international concern, the Japanese government is “unveiling medical guidance”. Instead of real proactive procedures, like for example cleaning and disinfecting all surfaces in trains people hold on to at the end of stations, regular desinfection of hand rails (escalators especially) in train stations and elsewhere, panels for ticket vending and ATMs, surfaces in reception areas etc, etc, etc, they are still waffling and giving guidance which should have been provided 5 weeks ago. There is still no real protocol in place about how to deal with this calamity in hospitals and public spaces like for example in Singapore.

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Posted in: 'United by Emotion' to be Tokyo Olympic Games motto See in context

If "United by Emotion" aka herd mentality, the Tokyo Olympics under current circumstances are doomed.

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Posted in: Avoid crowds and non-essential gatherings, health minister urges See in context

Where's PM Abe? Have not heard of him since "brushing away" the worries about the spread of the virus.

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

The CDC does NOT recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory viruses, including 2019-nCoV. 

This is the result of letting people go home untested who were brought back from China and other bad decisions like just waiting and doing nothing. What really would help is shutting down all educational facilities and places of assembly and enforce teleworking. The overcrowded trains in Japanese cities should be the main focus of preventation. Unless government officials get their head out of the sand this will get much worse.

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Posted in: Mitsubishi’s solution for stressed office workers in Japan: fake skylight video displays See in context

Do these fake skies turn dark in the evening or do these displays fake daylight and thus suggest never ending work days?

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Posted in: Nissan files ¥10 bil damages suit against Ghosn See in context

Is Nissan still investing time and resources in building cars?

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Posted in: Japan torn over whether to test all on cruise ship for coronavirus See in context

The Japanese government is trying to both humane and prudent and it gets no thanks

Not having enough testing kits a month after the outbreak is not prudent.

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Posted in: Japan torn over whether to test all on cruise ship for coronavirus See in context

The inability of Japan's government and medical system to deal with a calamity like this staggering. Waffling, indecision, incompetence and unpreparedness combined.

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Posted in: Ghosn used Nissan-Mitsubishi venture to inflate pay: lawyers See in context

Nissan will dig until bankruptcy which should happen in the near future.

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Posted in: Survey finds only 6% of Japanese workers motivated; 7th lowest in the world See in context

I am quite sure that this lack of motivation extends to university and schools. Not much enthusiasm seen there either. Even usually pleasurable activities are reduced to pointless gaman.

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Posted in: 20 virus infections on cruise ship in Yokohama; passengers confined to cabins See in context

Detailed update of 2019-nCoV mortality rate:

https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/coronavirus-death-rate/

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Posted in: JR East to test anti-groping app on rush-hour trains See in context

An "anti-groping app" is just feeble pretense, It won't cure the problem. Instead it will lead to many more situation like in the movie "I just didn't do it", which is educational also about legal 'procedures' in such and other cases: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjS0W0-KSUA

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Posted in: 20 virus infections on cruise ship in Yokohama; passengers confined to cabins See in context

@dk9000

Thank you. Always a pleasure to communicate with the informed.

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Posted in: 20 virus infections on cruise ship in Yokohama; passengers confined to cabins See in context

I wonder if the tests are specifically for the 2019-nCoV or include the 4 coronaviruses which have been around since years.

2019-nCoV joins the four coronaviruses now circulating in people. […] Although little-known outside health care and virology circles, the current four “are already part of the winter-spring seasonal landscape of respiratory disease,” Adalja said [Dr. Amesh Adalja, an infectious disease specialist at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security]. Two of them, OC43 and 229E, were discovered in the 1960s but had circulated in cows and bats, respectively, for centuries. The others, HKU1 and NL63, were discovered after the 2003-2004 SARS outbreak, also after circulating in animals .[....] OC43 and 229E are more prevalent than other endemic human coronaviruses, especially in children and the elderly. Together, the four are responsible for an estimated one-quarter of all colds. “For the most part they cause common-cold-type symptoms,” said Richard Webby, an influenza expert at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. […] All four, in particular HKU1, can cause pneumonia, and sometimes death.

https://www.statnews.com/2020/02/04/two-scenarios-if-new-coronavirus-isnt-contained/

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Posted in: Japan to amend laws to help elderly work until 70 See in context

How many non-binding, urging "laws" (generally aka recommendations) does the Japanese cabinet approve compared to how many real (binding) laws?

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Posted in: No. of court interpreters falls in Japan despite increase in foreign defendants See in context

I wonder why they are never willing to change things in better.

Gaman shinasai!

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Posted in: Gov't asks people to be wary of rumors amid virus outbreak See in context

Corona & Influenza are not comparable though. There is no vaccine for Corona yet.

I compare the perception of the corona and the influenza virus. With vaccine for influenza available, up to 50% of people do not even get vaccinated despite a fatality rate of about 1,285 per day alone this year (35 days). Any panic, any major news? Any closure of borders or isolation of patients?

And: The influenza vaccination is far from 100% protection. The CDC estimated this year's vaccine's overall effectiveness in preventing an infection at just 47%. Some years it is a bit more, sometimes a bit less.

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Posted in: Gov't asks people to be wary of rumors amid virus outbreak See in context

This is a very informative site about the virus.

Yes it is. Not to forget the fatality count for influenza for perspective on the same site: Yesterday only (24h) deaths by influenza virus over 1,400. Over 44,500 from the start of the year.

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Posted in: Gov't asks people to be wary of rumors amid virus outbreak See in context

discrimination against the children of health professionals who attend to infected patients in Japan.

Despicable and sadly not the first time. From Hiroshima survivors and Minamata victims until today.

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Posted in: Japan tries to explain to embassies merits of releasing Fukushima water into ocean See in context

Can't find any "merits" in the article after reading the headline's promise.

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Posted in: China's isolation grows as virus toll reaches 259 See in context

This from NZZ, one of Europe's most respected newspapers who have a journalist actually based in China (who didn't run). His assessment of the situation is similar to returnees from Wuhan. It's in German and with pay wall, so here's a rough Google translation. Excerpts:

Since the outbreak of the corona virus, half of Wuhan's residents have left the city. A western Swiss explains why he stays

Despite the tense situation, Emmanuel Geebelen does not want to leave the city of Wuhan. There is no reason to become paranoid, he emphasizes.

When it became clear that Wuhan, the capital of the Hubei province, where people were infected for the first time with the new coronavirus, was to be sealed off, there was no stopping them. Many people tried to leave the city of 11 million before the closure. The mayor of Wuhan, Zhou Xianwang, estimates that the population has almost halved.

Emmanuel Geebelen from Geneva took the opposite direction with his wife Connie, who comes from the province of Hubei, and the two children: They have done everything possible to come back home after their days off in Hong Kong, where the visa would soon expire. «Our apartment is the safest place. So we really wanted to go back, »says the 42-year-old on the phone.

It was an odyssey until the family came back to Wuhan, where they have lived since April last year. "Of course, at the beginning we also thought about staying somewhere else," says Geebelen. That would have been possible in normal times.

At the moment, however, nothing is the same for Chinese from Hubei Province as it was a few weeks ago. "Even in the city of Shenzhen on the Chinese mainland, not far from Hong Kong, no hotel was willing to give us a room," emphasizes Geebelen. His wife's ID card, which runs a kindergarten in Wuhan, shows that she comes from Hubei Province. And at the latest, solidarity in China ceases for fear of infection.

The supply situation in Wuhan is also good, says Geebelen. Most of the shops are closed and he hardly sees any cars or buses on the streets. But Geebelen has come to terms with the circumstances. “On Friday I first went to a supermarket 3 kilometers away, which was closed. On the way back I met a Chinese man who had vegetables in his shopping bag. »He readily provided information on where he had found what he was looking for.

"The population is calm"

Geebelen shows no signs of increasing aggressiveness among the Chinese in Wuhan due to the exceptional situation. «Everyone is calm. We keep a little more distance on the streets and wear protective masks. »At most, one feels insecure at the cash register in the supermarket - because of the proximity to other people.

The 42-year-old has seen more people on the streets for two days. Occasionally, shops open again. The Chinese are starting to come to terms with the situation in Wuhan. Everyday life is slowly returning despite the tense situation, says Geebelen.

Immediately after their return, the family used the services of the Essen-based supplier Ele.me, part of the Internet group Alibaba. Compared to normal times, he paid two to three times as much. But that was okay because of the exceptional situation, says Geebelen. Meanwhile, prices for such services have returned to normal. And in addition to Ele.me, other online retailers are again active in Wuhan on the Alibaba platform.

The French-speaking Swiss is aware that the new type of corona virus is dangerous. However, he also refers to the fact that almost 60 million people live in the province of Hubei. And so far there are "only" slightly more than 7000 confirmed infections in the entire region. Geebelen warns against becoming paranoid. Geebelen and his family remain in Wuhan until the situation normalizes again.

https://www.nzz.ch/panorama/das-leben-geht-in-wuhan-weiter-ld.1537922

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Posted in: It's natural to be afraid of things you can't see. The history of infectious disease is a history of discrimination. See in context

Radiation. Remember the BS we had to deal with during the Fukushima crises.

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Posted in: Japan speeds up new virus measures; infected carriers to be barred entry See in context

Other governments (Germany for example) fly out only people who agree to be quarantined and tested. If you don't agree, you stay in China. Simple, really.

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Posted in: Prosecutors issue arrest warrant for Ghosn, 3 Americans over his escape See in context

hate for all things Japanese

To like Japan doesn't mean you have to embrace the BS.

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Posted in: Japan drops to 3rd place in U.S. News 2020 Best Countries rankings See in context

Low pay, brutal hours, a terrible journey every day on the train, bullying and power-hara at work, a handful of days holiday per year, no vacations abroad, minimal pocket money, a sexless marriage, huge stress, etc etc

There is nothing stereotypical about this. It's just everyday life in Japan's largest cities where the majority of people live.

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Posted in: Prosecutors issue arrest warrant for Ghosn, 3 Americans over his escape See in context

This gives pigheadedness new dimensions, even by (post-war) Japanese standards. Mean and selfrightous, no matter the cost and how futile, they continue to dig.

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Posted in: New Harajuku station building unveiled ahead of March opening See in context

Is this a subway ventilation building?

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Posted in: Japan classifies new-virus pneumonia as designated infectious disease See in context

The coronavirus vs influenza:

“When we think about the relative danger of this new coronavirus and influenza, there’s just no comparison,” said Dr. William Schaffner, a professor of preventive medicine and health policy at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. “Coronavirus will be a blip on the horizon in comparison. The risk is trivial.”

Influenza rarely gets this sort of attention, even though it kills more Americans each year than any other virus, said Dr. Peter Hotez, a professor of pediatrics, molecular virology and microbiology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

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Worldwide, the flu causes up to 5 million cases of severe illness worldwide and kills up to 650,000 people every year, according to the World Health Organization.

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If Americans aren’t afraid of the flu, perhaps that’s because they are inured to yearly warnings. For them, the flu is old news. Yet viruses named after foreign places – such as Ebola, Zika and Wuhan – inspire terror.

“Familiarity breeds indifference,” Schaffner said. “Because it’s new, it’s mysterious and comes from an exotic place, the coronavirus creates anxiety.”

Some doctors joke that the flu needs to be rebranded.

“We should rename influenza; call it XZ-47 virus, or something scarier,” said Dr. Paul Offit, director of the Vaccine Education Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2020/01/24/coronavirus-versus-flu-influenza-deadlier-than-wuhan-china-disease/4564133002/

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Posted in: Japan classifies new-virus pneumonia as designated infectious disease See in context

@ knowbetter

At current rate as of 14:34JST January 28, 2020, the Wuhan Coronavirus has 4,474 total confirmed and 107 deaths which would make it have a 2.39% death rate which is 49 times more deadly.

Your play with numbers is skewed. First you say" if half of all Americans caught the flu..." which is an assumption entirely and then you compare that with 4,474 total confirmed cases for the Wuhan virus and from that you conclude that the Wuhan virus is 49 times more deadly. Well... I think you should spend a bit more time on the website of the CDC or other reliable sources.

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