COVID-19 INFORMATION What you need to know about the coronavirus if you are living in Japan or planning a visit.

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Posted in: Cluster suspected at Oita medical center after 2 more virus cases confirmed See in context

Ignorance is bliss.

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Posted in: Why Italy? The factors behind a coronavirus disaster See in context

Germany has 25,000 ICU with sophisticated respiratory support systems, Italy 5000.

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Posted in: IOC chief rebuts growing calls for Olympic postponement See in context

"You can't postpone the Olympic Games like a football match next Saturday,"

Sure. Does Bach think we are as stupid as he is, putting greed over brains?

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Posted in: Japan Times changes reference to 'comfort women' after backlash See in context

Why not call a spade a spade and use "women forced into slavery to provide sex".

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Posted in: Sales tax cut emerging as option as gov't battles coronavirus fallout See in context

Japan's leaders need to show leadership!!

I think you expect too much from hereditary second-third-fourth generation politicians who never had a real job and are born in an incestuous parallel universe.

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Posted in: Abe could be big loser if Tokyo Olympics canceled, postponed See in context

Abe will manage to find a way to sugar-coat the guano sandwich he feeds to the people here!

He will stick to his mantra until the decision is taken from him and the Olympics are cancelled. Then he'll blame others.

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Posted in: Confirmed new coronavirus infections in Japan now 1,528, including cruise ship cases See in context

InspectorGadgetToday  07:14 am JST

Those numbers don't seem right. With WHO giving a global mortality rate of 3.8%, I struggle to believe that Japan with a massively aging population managed to get away with 2%. Something doesn't smell right.

Indeed. When the first two COVID-19 infected Japanese died - an elderly couple from the cruise liner - the minister of health announced that one of them had died of the Coronavirus and the other of pneumonia. It would be interesting to look at the number of pneumonia victims above the national average since the outbreak.

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Posted in: WHO pandemic declaration won't change Tokyo Olympics plan: Suga See in context

It doesn't really matter what they say or wish. One thing they never even think about is the athletes who by the nature of their activities are obviously very health conscious. They have to be. Does the Abe cabinet, including the IOC really believe that thousands of athletes from all over the world will agree to be put together in the Olympic village, an enclosed and rather small area which isn't that much different from a cruise ship. And are the Chinese, the South Koreans and Italians invited too? They may stubbornly go forward with the Olympics, sure, but the real question will be: Will there be any athletes coming to compete?

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Posted in: Virus cases top 100,000 worldwide as economic impact snowballs See in context

Nothing to Fear But Fear Itself

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Posted in: Japan eyes emergency coronavirus legislation as infections rise See in context

Alex80Today  04:36 pm JST

I noticed very harsh criticism towards Japan also in the German press

Links please.

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Posted in: Abe says gov't will announce more measures on March 10 to counter virus See in context

@ OssanAmerica

When that first elderly Japanese couple died, Minister of Health Kato announced (as reported), that the women had died of the Corona virus and her husband of pneumonia.

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Posted in: Australian politician calls for immediate review of all anime due to depictions of 'child abuse' See in context

@ Paul Laimal-Convoy

Fine, if you limit your protest to rides in crowded trains and the general public and not books or museums. The particular example you mention of ""imagery of octopuses sexually abusing young girls" isn't really anything new for Japanese or foreigners who know the works of Hokusai and other Ukiyoe artists. It obviously derives its inspiration from Hokusai's well known "The Dream of the Fisherman's Wife" among others: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dream_of_the_Fisherman%27s_Wife

Would flyers and advertisement for an exhibition of well known Ukiyoe and shunga artists offend you? Just asking, not trying to provoke.

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Posted in: Abe's abrupt call to close schools triggers confusion See in context

@ DaDude

Funny thing is yesterday everybody here was commending the Hokkaido governor for doing it.

I was commending the Hokkaido governor for doing it. Nothing funny about it. The education board of Hokkaido called for the schools' closure because among the infected are students, a teacher and a school bus driver.And Gov Naomichi Suzuki also said "......there may be criticism that we are going overboard. But I will bear the responsibility..." While Abe abruptly made his decision after diving poll numbers, criticism of his non-leadership and talk that the Olympics may have to be cancelled. It was as usual for Abe an enitrely opportunistic show off and taking responsibility is not even on his mental horizon.

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Posted in: Japan to close all schools until early April to control spread of virus See in context

Abe should shut down his government, a high risque age group anyway, instead of schools. Then technocrat professionals who are qualified to manage this calamity can take over.

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Posted in: Hokkaido turns into hotbed of coronavirus cases See in context

Hokkaido Gov Naomichi Suzuki : "This is an unprecedented case and there may be criticism that we are going overboard. But I will bear the responsibility and would like to ask for the public's understanding and cooperation,"

My respect to Gov Suzuki for making a decision and bearing responsibility. While the guys in Nagato-cho are having meetings, are urging and waffling.

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Posted in: Dozens allowed off cruise ship have symptoms such as fever: minister See in context

@ klausdorth

.... did I forget anything?

You forgot the "urging" to do this and "avoiding" to do that.

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Posted in: Japan defends cautious approach on coronavirus testing as 7th death reported See in context

@ Ah_so

 It is a much more infectious disease than seasonal flu, as we have seen on the Diamond Princess. The mortality rate of this disease is 20 to 30 times that of ordinary seasonal influenza.

If you can't back up your statement with solid scientific sources, your post may also qualify for infecting other people with panic - potentially more disastrous than the virus - and/or fake news. You should look at the yearly numbers of influenza, for perspective. Having said that, I do not agree that the approach to testing in this country is now termed "cautious".

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Posted in: Japan defends cautious approach on coronavirus testing as 7th death reported See in context

"Cautious approach on coronavirus testing" Is this fake news or hiding the reality of the incapacity of Japan's medical system and political leadership?

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Posted in: 'Where's Abe?' critics ask, as coronavirus spreads in Japan See in context

The Japanese Government has found a conveniente way to keep the virus under control: it's called "not screening enough people". Screen no evil, see no evil. 

Sure. And watch the rise of people dying of pneumonia.

Funny that those numbers are in the article. Bases on the above numbers, which country is doing a better job?

Better job of testing. Not fudging numbers.

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Posted in: 'Where's Abe?' critics ask, as coronavirus spreads in Japan See in context

The only thing astonishing is, that after seven years, a tiny bug deflates the vain and vacuous nucleus of his "leadership" which never was more than bluster.

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Posted in: Gov't panel, responding to criticism, says cruise ship not designed to be hospital See in context

Speaking of experts: Where is Dr. Kentaro Iwata, probably one of Japan's foremost experts with experience in the field (Ebola in central Africa and SARS in China). Not just a bureaucrat promoted through the ranks. Is he part of the task force or advising the government by remote (Teleconference) during self-isolation. Have not heard of him since the FPC. Just asking.

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Posted in: Gov't panel, responding to criticism, says cruise ship not designed to be hospital See in context

Why and what did nations take so long to send planes and rescue their citizens from Japan?

Because most people, particularly overseas, thought that Japan can manage very well, especially after Hong Kong did so efficiently in a similar situation. They'd also expect that protocols were in place for large scale medical emergencies for a megalopolis of 38 million with the Olympics scheduled in the very near future.

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Posted in: Gov't panel, responding to criticism, says cruise ship not designed to be hospital See in context

Omi, a public health expert who heads the Japan Community Health Care Organization, said it was the best they could do.

If that is the best they can do and after almost 2 months since the outbreak neither produced a protocol about how to deal with an outbreak of an infectious disease and "there [is] no medical facility large enough to admit more than 3,000 people at once" (Health Minister Kato) the Olympic Committee should cancel the Olympics in this 38 million Megalopolis immediately. Japan has neither the competence, nor the capacity, nor the facilities, nor the number of qualified personnel (incl. doctors and nurses who mostly don't speak English) to manage an international event of this scale.

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Posted in: Quarantine measures questioned as woman tests positive after leaving cruise ship See in context

If they can't manage a cruise ship and after almost 2 months since the outbreak "there [is] no medical facility large enough to admit more than 3,000 people at once" the Olympic Committee should cancel the Olympics in this 38 million Megalopolis immediately. Japan has neither the competence, nor the facilities, nor the number of qualified personnel (incl. doctors and nurses who mostly don't speak English) to manage an international event of this scale.

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Posted in: Olympic gear See in context

They may have to add hazmat suits.

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Posted in: Gov't considers using anti-flu drug Avigan to treat coronavirus See in context

So after 7 weeks, "the government will disclose its basic policy on how to deal with the outbreak of the virus, possibly Tuesday." A basic policy, maybe next week.

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Posted in: Outbreak, economic ills dim luster of Japan's Olympic year See in context

Abe's leadership was never more than bluster and the above mentioned Koike makes only storms in teacups.

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Posted in: Gov't says 2 elderly people from cruise ship have died; another 2 officials infected with coronavirus See in context

 One died of the coronavirus, the other of pneumonia, the health ministry said.

Already fudging numbers. Both are COVID-19 victims as anywhere else reported, right?

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Posted in: Experts ponder why cruise ship quarantine failed to prevent spread of virus See in context

@jansob1

Thank you for drawing attention to infectious desease specialist Kentaro Iwata:

A link to the video and an English transcript is here. There's also a Japanese version on YouTube:

https://forums.hardwarezone.com.sg/eat-drink-man-woman-16/japan-infectious-disease-expert-went-onboard-diamond-princess-investigate-got-kicked-out-6211922.html

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Posted in: Experts ponder why cruise ship quarantine failed to prevent spread of virus See in context

YubaruToday  07:37 am JST

How many of the crew contracted the virus? From the news reports, I don't recall seeing more than one or two, could be wrong,

You are wrong. As of Feb 17 "at least" 33 crew members have been infected with coronavirus. And: "Crew members aboard the Diamond Princess aren’t afforded many of the same protections as the passengers they serve". "Only ten days into the 14-day quarantine did Princess Cruises ask crew members to take an extra precaution when eating ..."

Obet, a crew member in his 30s who also asked to be referred to with an alias, had been arranging meals and delivering them to passengers before he came down with a fever last week. When he reported it, he was told to isolate himself in his cabin and take the acetaminophen (a generic pain reliever) he had with him. After he ran out of pills, it took a day for the medical team to give him more.

Although he had recovered from his fever, Obet was told not to return to work. But he was still sharing a room with a cabin mate who was not experiencing any coronavirus symptoms. Obet says he did his best to keep a distance from him, and wore a mask whenever he was in the room. [...] Obet and his cabin-mate were tested for the coronavirus last week. On Saturday afternoon, they received the news that both of them were infected. 

There is also the question if crew members, most of them from third world countries were/are afforded the same priority for testing than high paying customers.

https://time.com/5784190/diamond-princess-cruise-crew-coronavirus/

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