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Posted in: Abe warns Japanese to prepare for prolonged coronavirus battle See in context

If this is a long-term warfare, at least for years to come, we should consider making a long term strategy, not (costly) makeshift one.

I suggest constructing a virus-proof society instead of virus-free. Online work and education should be actively employed and further upgraded (with 5G tech?). Improved logistics and home delivery services with IT help can mitigate stockpile shortage and panic buying.

For the sake of social distancing, it is important to minimize some risky spaces for crowded gatherings and public transportation. Aside from the virus, highly crowded places are generally unsafe due to natural disasters or terrorism. Tokyo and other populous cities across Japan should be diversified and depopulated with incentive programs (not in the way Stalin or Mao forced people into countryside!). All can hardly be attained overnight, so let it get started asap.

Contingencies will remain until a workable vaccine is made ready for larger a population. People should adjust themselves to new mode of life-style.

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Posted in: Tokyo confirms 63 new coronavirus cases, a record daily increase See in context


I don't want my elderly mother or other elderly relatives and friends to drop dead. So, no, I don't want to live with that. Otherwise, why else are so many countries in a state of emergency?

You're a bit mistaken. The tact of virus cohabitation alongside herd immunity would enable healthcare staff to put all scarce resources on to more risky groups of people namely elderly citizens. It would give more chances to save their lives.

About 80% get through with non-or mild symptoms and without particular care at hospital. After full recovery, they hold antibody, can become a firewall protecting their "weak" neighbors.

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Posted in: Tokyo confirms 63 new coronavirus cases, a record daily increase See in context


I think we have to learn to co-exist with the virus, modifying our behavior accordingly and maintaining good hygiene.

I assume that the battle will end up settling with this "cohabitation" scenario. Just like we've done with many other extant viruses and pathogens. A lockdown may be effective to flatten or push back the peak within a manageable range for local healthcare system, in the hope of a vaccine development or herd immunity formation. It usually comes at large expense of socioeconomic resources.

Considering a large-size casualty under the settlement scenario, the lockdown strategy is easier for the public to accept, and may be "politically" correct. Whereas, without vaccination or mass immunity taking hold, a second wave or thereafter is quite likely and costly even if the lockdown onto containment looks successful for a while. So Abe is right to say our battle is more like a marathon. On that way, we need a sufficient stamina to minimize corona fatigue.

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Posted in: Japan plans huge stimulus package to cushion blow from coronavirus See in context

Not only its sizable amount, timing for provision is also crucial. Due to fund shortage, bankruptcies are imminent and contagious.

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Posted in: Coronavirus: Huge surge of hate speech toward Chinese on Twitter See in context

Most ordinary Chinese citizens and expats are victims of the virus crisis. But I believe it is relevant and justifiable to openly accuse the Chinese authority of negligence and cover-ups silencing alarmist Wuhan doctors. President Xi owes its people an apology.

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Posted in: If you live in Tokyo, do you plan to comply with Tokyo Gov Yuriko Koike's request to stay in this weekend and not go out unless it is essential? See in context

It wouldn't be a big deal for me to stay home all time over the weekend. Solo and indoor constitute a large part of my daily life. I don't like crowded places or waiting in a long queue. In Tokyo it's also costly to go out to do something downtown. So long as food and other essential items are always secured and available in the neighborhood, it is not so terrible to stay inside.

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Posted in: Tokyo governor says people can enjoy cherry blossoms next year See in context

The modern-day cherry bloom viewing is not really a real Japanese tradition to keep. It's more artificial as most cherry blossom trees planted across Japan are genetically duplicated (that's why full blooms can be predicted rather accurately).

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Posted in: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson tests positive for virus See in context

Sick with mild symptoms Boris have a big chance to come back with immunity.

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Posted in: Japan, spared mass outbreak so far, now sees national crisis after Tokyo surge See in context

Asahi Shimbun newspaper also carries an interesting article on PCR testing.

正しく知るPCR検査 「非感染の証明求め病院へ」ダメ

Although the liberal daily is often more critical to the Abe government, campaigning for aggressive testing, the story above is informative, balanced and reasonable.

Another note on active, universal testing (with focus on its downside)


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Posted in: Japan, spared mass outbreak so far, now sees national crisis after Tokyo surge See in context

Dr Kentaro Iwata, an epidemiologist who earlier reported on the cruiser ship situation, has just commented on the issue of testing (Japan' lower testing number as well). It's published only in Japanese, though....try it with Google translate.


Overall, I think that his commentary is comprehensive and balanced. It's simply interesting with more updates around other countries' cases. Worth reading.

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Posted in: Japan, spared mass outbreak so far, now sees national crisis after Tokyo surge See in context

With 47 new cases reported in the capital,

I got more appalled at the American figure on the same day of 13,968 new cases, 150 deaths. The US has already outnumbered China with confirmed cases.

I never intend to downplay the Japanese number. Caution and proper course of action are still vital for individuals.

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Posted in: Telework, stockpiling spread in Tokyo after Koike's press conference See in context

IT use and teleworking should further be encouraged to take hold in Japanese society. Tokyo with high population density is vulnerable to various crises. Meanwhile communities in the countryside are starting to disappear or ill-function as more people are gone away or aging. There are some negative stereotypes or bias held among Tokyo residents regarding rural life. Japan should tackle not only the overall population decline but also its geographical imbalances. Teleworking can be a solution.

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Posted in: Japan to set up coronavirus task force; no state of emergency yet See in context

The key figure is the death toll alongside number of critically ill patients. Japan's number continued to remain low at 45 (+2 newly confirmed), with no exponential increase. "Late-comer" US has to date reported more than 1,000 deaths (not confirmed cases!)....things are more worrying :(

The state of emergency is the last resort, could risk of paving the way for a totalitarian regime. Its declaration should be super-carefully made with thorough update info, inquiries and consultation with experts.

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Posted in: Which industries do you think will weather the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus? See in context

Businesses on networking infrastructure alongside online services are growing. Home delivery services can be popular.

Regardless of the current crisis, public work project and civil engineering are in high demand as decades-old nationwide infrastructure systems (roads, highways, tunnels and bridges) need to be repaired and renovated.

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Posted in: Rescheduled Tokyo Olympics may be held before summer 2021: Bach See in context

Whenever it is to be held, better fix the time table asap. Qualifying events and preparations for athletes would be largely affected.

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Posted in: Online gaming booms as virus lockdowns keep millions at home See in context

The story only shows the demand/consumption side. In Japan investment is necessary for structural reforms on the supply side. Teleworking and online education should be encouraged and supported.

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Posted in: Britain's Prince Charles tests positive for new coronavirus See in context

I sincerely wish him and other royal family members & staff all well.

Since the Prince has had enmity with the Beijing regime over human rights issues etc., it looks like the whole story might be nuanced...

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Posted in: In Japan, hotels lose out on Olympic delay and coronavirus See in context

I like Corona Hotel. Cheer up, the current crisis could turn a promotion.

More depressing are around small-scale ryokan and minpaku businesses. Potential demands can be found among proper Japanese people rather than international visitors.

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Posted in: Experts warn Japanese growing complacent of coronavirus risk See in context

Japanese growing complacent of coronavirus risk

I think that vast majority Japanese are careful and sensible. What looks like complacency is not as it is. Many businesspeople and professionals feel scared and overwhelmed, for the virus crisis puts them into dilemma. An economic slump is devastating and life-threatening (not rhetoric!). While the current corona killing many elderly population, young and working age, their lives are at stake under a deep recession.

Whereas the government's position and communication remain ambiguous and irresponsible. On the one hand, the government officials keep "asking" for "voluntary" restraints; on the other, they never guarantee full support or any compensation scheme for damages incurred via event postponement/cancellations or business shutdown.

I agree that that K-1, an indoor and crowded event was risky. Yet such "rebellious" moves wouldn't be stopped unless the state shows something in return. It's also a public health issue.

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Posted in: Experts warn Japanese growing complacent of coronavirus risk See in context

Since the level of risk varies from place to place across the country, the proper response must also differ accordingly. I don't think that a nationwide program is necessary. Key areas should be focused upon with support. Extra caution is needed on inbound arrivals at airports (seaports as well).

For individuals, basics -- hand-washing, social distances -- do count a lot.

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Posted in: Global battle against coronavirus bolsters Japan-China relations See in context

Feel like sending all invoices on medical treatment and expenses to Wuhan or Beijing authorities....

China risks and propaganda led by CCP should never been overlooked.

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Posted in: Japan, IOC agree to postpone Tokyo Olympics for one year See in context

I'm glad, not about the agreement itself, but that my earlier prediction (decision will come fast, before the torch relay to be launched on March 26) is now meeting reality.

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Posted in: China to lift lockdown in most of virus-hit Hubei province See in context

Lockdown is eased, censorship tightened, global propaganda intensified....

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Posted in: Postponing the Olympics: Here are some of the challenges See in context

The IOC highlighted this as one of the main concerns, warning: "A number of critical venues needed for the Games could potentially not be available anymore."

I think that it may be easily solved by dropping "one host city" rule to seek sites across Japan, outside Tokyo. In fact, the marathon venue moved to Sapporo, Hokkaido due to a rising concern of deadly high temperature. The opening and closing ceremonies are to stay in Tokyo. Big gatherings (vulnerable to the virus or natural disasters) can be avoided or largely mitigated.

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Posted in: Koike urges cooperation to avoid Tokyo lockdown See in context

Lockdown is the last resort. A lot of other things can be done before it. For example, compulsory checks on arrivals at Tokyo's two international airports should further be tightened.

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Posted in: Olympic torch relay to proceed as planned See in context

I want a "Take 2" for the torch relay, from Greece. It's disappointing that cancellation or down-scaling have appeared in the scenes.

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Posted in: Warnings fail to stop Japanese crowds from viewing cherry blossoms See in context

Defiance is now seen almost everywhere, not solely unique to Japan. The collective bias of thinking "it's over" can emerge once a strong measure is lifted. Again, it's not merely about Japan; a stricter response like a full lockdown may have a side effect or backlash when it is removed.

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Posted in: 2 police officers turn 'koban' into their own little love hotel See in context

Is it newsworthy?

Please keep social distance.

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Posted in: As governments around the world apply strict measures to contain the coronavirus, millions of people are losing their jobs and companies are facing bankruptcy. Do you think the economic fallout is worse than the health impact? See in context

With stats, it's self-evident that the recession has a devastating impact on far more number of people. Quite directly and indirectly, regardless of age and place (global economy is vulnerable to "contagious" type of slump) Economic recovery takes more time while the virus may cease to spread all of a sudden when herd immunity takes hold naturally or with vaccine. In fact, people have got along or co-existed side by side with many infectious diseases instead of the latter fully terminated.

The Japan economy is vulnerable to the virus: crowded commuting, concentrated business districts. In looking at a bright side, the current crisis may be taken advantage of for drastic reforms.

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


A significant point to make. I assume that the personnel are exempted from the restrictions. Their entry and exist on non-commercial flight at own local airbases cannot be intervened by Japanese authorities. A large number of US servicemen, family members are stationed across the country. It's crucial and should be addressed in a session at Diet.

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