with the impending lockdown, the moms in this article better stock up on valium and booze and not all the rice and cup ramen they are hoarding. because it is going to be a long April.
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Worst decision ever. It's too late to stop the spread. Shutting down vast sectors of the economy will hurt more than it will help at this stage. If he wanted tido this then it should have happened weeks ago and with vast testing. Stick with the herd immunity plan because it's the best option at this point.
-15 ( +17 / -32 )
It's frightening how many of you parrot the same uniformed ideas. It's always Japan Bad, foreigners Good.
First, Woods has lived in Japan for over 30 years. So he fully knows what life is like here; Rules are rules. There are no exceptions (unless you're rich or famous). In any job, you just can't up and leave before you get permission. And by the sound of it, that's what he did.
Second of all, he left for quite a long time. Paternity leave, if it had been given, only allows for 1 month of leave. What's the company supposed to do? Pay him to live overseas to do nothing? And then he comes back expecting everything to be the same? Of course all of his work had been given to other people.
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500 cases in a city with a population of over 9 million. Yeah. That's a real crisis.
Yeah right now it isn't. But supposedly every infected person infects 2 other people. And so on and so on. So it has the real potential to become a crisis quickly.
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How much more of this asinine BS do we have to put up with! Just because someone tests positive for the virus does not automatically mean they will need hospitalization!
It's not that they will need it, it's becaus they will want it. even people with mild cases will think they need to be hospitalized.
and on top of that, every test that you do on someone that doesn't have it or is only mildly sick, wastes protective gear (face masks, rubber gloves, gowns, etc) and testing kits. in NYC and in different parts of america, they are rethinking the strategy of testing everyone since it is a tremendous waste of time and resources. they are now saying that if you think you are sick, then just assume you have the virus and self quarantine.
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Actually food coupons are a great way to stimulate the economy. First, they have to be used, whereas cash handouts will just be saved. Secondly, the coupons will benefit domestic industries.
Aside from people working in the tourism industry, not many people have lost their jobs. So the demand for rent/mortgage relief wouldn't help that many people.
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Cherry picked anecdotal evidence to support a conclusion. None of this is happening in my neighborhood. The parks and playgrounds were packed, with nary a neighbor giving a rat's arse. Yomiuri Land and Toshimaen were pretty full. So where is all this happening? In the boon docks?
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For all those people saying more tests are needed, please answer these questions: why haven't the hospitals here been inundated with patients needing care? If testing does really help contain the virus, why hasn't Italy been able to stop the carnage?
See you can't but many of you continue to insist that testing is almost like a cure for the virus. Smgdfh...
-7 ( +6 / -13 )
If testing and isolation were the key to stopping the spread of c-19, then why hasn't it worked in Italy? They have been on lock down for over two weeks and yet the death toll has skyrocketed in the past few days, surpassing the death toll in China.
Like I've said before, testing massive numbers of people will do nothing to stop the spread of the virus. Basic, common sense cleanliness and habits will though.
0 ( +2 / -2 )
It's a farce that the Olympics will go on as planned. The faster Japan Inc can accept that fact the faster they can propose another date, perhaps a year, to hold the games.
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Such a light sentence for this monster. The judge deserves to be sentenced to prison for gross incompetence.
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Why even bother returning after nine days? That sense of guilt should’ve been triggered after 12 hours away from your daughter, who was home alone crying from fear and starvation. This monster deserves the same punishment: no food, water or light for 9 days.
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YubaruToday 06:57 am JSTShouldn't have raised it in the first place. The economy was starting to slide further towards a recession and now this virus outbreak gives Dear Leader a chance to "take it back"!
are you kidding me? this was perhaps the best decision abe has made since assuming office. kicking the can down the road for the next generation to pay for health care costs would have been irresposible. as japan ages even faster, how will japan for for the booming health care costs? and who will pay for it? if not now then when? it's this type of myopic thinking that exacerbates the financial crisis facing japan.
and i don't see how they can temporarily cut sales taxes. the computers and registers all need to be reprogrammed.
-9 ( +5 / -14 )
aren't all of you tired of making the same comments every day regarding the lack of testing. same people, same comment. who are you actually pointing this out to? because you all have the same opinion.
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SaikoPhyscoToday 06:57 am JSTWe need millions of test kits, everyone does. The only way to identify and isolate this is with massive testing.
yes, because that's working so magically in Italy and Iran. testing has done absolutely nothing to stop the spread of the disease in any country so far.
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and yet china hasn't been completely banned even though that's where the darn thing originated. this makes absolutely no sense, but considering the source, it makes beautiful sense. smgdfh.
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The only thing I hate more than rapist are pedophiles and people that victimize children.
no, they are all equally bad and deserve to be neutered and imprisoned for a really long time.
but it's also the parent's responsibility to teach their kids to never trust, talk to or follow strangers. i have had this conversation with my 7 and 5-year-old for the past 2 years now.
-1 ( +2 / -3 )
the death rate has nothing to do with how many people are tested. those are just uninformed comments. japan's healthcare system far surpasses those of iran and italy, which results in a much lower death rate. the same reason south korea has a much lower death rate.
-5 ( +4 / -9 )
Why do they always give a worldwide figure when 90% of that figure comes from one country: China. It's this type of irresponsible journalism that is fueling the mass hysteria over a flu-like virus.
0 ( +5 / -5 )
how can this policy possibly be implemented? where will they house these thousands of travelers? and at what cost? abe is sounding more and more like trump by the day; talk first and then think later. smgdfh.
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Yeah, right, cocaine doesn't do that to ya
it does if it's mixed with other things. at least that's what an aquaintance told me.
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Masks don't do jack in stopping the spread of this virus. Stop telling people to wear them so that people who actually need them (people who suffer from chronic hay fever) can actually buy them.
for healthy people, this is true. a mask won't prevent you from catching covid-19. but for sick people, this will definitely prevent them from spreading the virus more. so that's actually what the gov't is requesting.
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30,000 for those darn warblers?! These politicians actually think anyone pays attention to those people?
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The public schools have closed for 2 weeks but some private schools are closing for 4 weeks
What?! Public schools are also closed until April, not just private schools.
Tthese moms should remember this during the next election. Get out and vote, ladies.
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Ossan stop. You are making too much sense for the talking heads here who are clamoring for a conspiracy from the gov't.
-11 ( +2 / -13 )
much like wearing masks, it's silly to test everyone to stop the spread of covid-19. gov'ts should switch from a containment strategy to a vaccine strategy because it's already too late.
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This is probably a case of trump once again speaking without thinking. Aka talking out of his arse. Banning travel at this point is...pointless. The amount of travelers that have already come into the US from Japan since the outbreak is in the hundreds of thousands. Containment is impossible. Countries should focus on alleviating the symptoms and speeding recovery.
-1 ( +3 / -4 )
it's now become a full blown one because of Abe!
who knew abe was so powerful that he can spread covid-19 across japan (and possilby the world just to add to his awesome powers) thereby creating this national crisis all by himself.
could abe or the gov't have done more to stop the spread of c-19? heck no. it's occuring in people who haven't even been to china or been in contact with people who have been in china. so no, abe is not to blame for this national crisis.
-3 ( +0 / -3 )
GarthgoyleToday 07:01 am JSTDang if he doesn't do anything. Dang if he does. So difficult to keep people happy nowadays.
you must be new to this site...
GarthgoyleToday 07:01 am JSTDang if he doesn't do anything. Dang if he does. So difficult to keep people happy
and there, i fixed it for ya.
-1 ( +0 / -1 )
These are not that rare, and describing them as pet peeves minimizes the life destroying trauma they entail. They are real concerns of anyone living in Japan, and particularly foreigners. I know people who have been affected by both of these issues.
Can you cite actual statistics instead of anecdotal evidence? Because no one in my 100 plus friends have ever been affected by this issue? Just because it's personal to a few people doesn't make it a "major issue" for 90% of foreigners living here.
-2 ( +0 / -2 )