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: New York, New Orleans hospitals reel as U.S. leads world in coronavirus cases See in context

I'm afraid the US is still probably still about 4-5 weeks away from its peak. The only thing that will keep critical patients alive is ventilators, and by most estimates the US are hundreds of thousands short. This could get ugly real fast.

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Posted in: Shares tumble as as Tokyo gov't tries to contain virus See in context

horse, barn, bolted...

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Posted in: Japanese comedian Ken Shimura tests positive for COVID-19 See in context

Sorry to hear this, and hopefully he recovers quickly, but at the same time, I am glad that such a high-profile Japanese entertainment figure has tested positive, if only to show the general public that this virus can infect anybody and should be taken absolutely seriously.

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Posted in: Olympic flame to be carried by car instead of torchbearers See in context

Just imagine this being televised overseas - does the JOC/IOC not realize what a laughing stock this will look like?

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Posted in: 13% of employees in Japan teleworking due to virus See in context

I've been working from home for the last 5 weeks, but my wife continues to go work which sort of defeats the purpose. She works for a small Japanese company, and last week she worked from home for a day as did some others in her company as a test. The trouble is, the companies IT infrastructure was unable to handle a few people working remotely, and her connection to work kept dropping, meaning she had to reconnect every 30 minutes. I suspect many other similar sized companies have the same issues.

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Posted in: New Zealand goes on lockdown to fight virus See in context

@Bjorn, what's your problem?

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Posted in: Japan to ask travelers from U.S. to self-quarantine for 14 days See in context

In NZ (where I come from) before the travel restrictions were put in place on non citizens/residents, tourists were also asked to self quarantine. There were a few known instances of them not doing that, and they were swiftly deported. In addition, the NZ police are making random visits of tourists at the location they said they would be quarantining, and if not there without a valid excuse, are also being deported.

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Posted in: Experts warn Japan may not have enough new virus test kits See in context

I was watching TBS last night, and the panel of people they had on included some doctors who were discussing the reasons why Japan was not testing comparatively many people. One of the doctors said one of the reasons was because most hospitals here are unable to perform the PCR analysis required to determine if the test is positive or not. He went to say that this is because the medical profession here is "old fashioned" and these kinds of tests are not routinely done here, as compared to somewhere like South Korea. Basically he was saying although you can test people, analyzing those tests is the problem. I have no idea if this true, but he is a Japanese doctor an this is what he said.

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Posted in: NBA suspends season until further notice, over coronavirus See in context

And soon MLB will so the same, and then others will follow which is of course the responsible thing to do. Considering all this and with infection/mortality rate going up daily, its difficult to see how the olympics will go ahead.

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Posted in: A guide to a better understanding of the cross-cultural workplace See in context

First time working at a Japanese company after working for a foreign (European) company in japan for 15 years - a complete shock to the system. After 3 years, I still cannot believe how slow everybody is to perform simple tasks, and the lack of urgency to do anything. Also, the inability of anyone to make a decision without several meetings means tasks that should take 2-3 days take 2-3 weeks. Add all of this to the unwillingness of anybody to challenge decisions when they think they are wrong, makes me wonder how companies that operate like this are competitive at all.

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Posted in: ANZCO Foods Japan See in context

NZ produces both kings, just like every other beef producing nation on the planet. As for being healthy, do you want a healthy (leaner), less tasty but more expensive steak (grass feed only), or a better tasting (more marbling) and less expensive one (grass/grain fed)? - it depends on the diner of course, but I for one would like the option.

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