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Posted in: More than 2,000 daily coronavirus cases reported in Japan for 1st time See in context

To be fair you can only get tested in Japan if you have strong symptoms

Not true, my husband had only light symptoms and got tested (he was positive) and I have no symptoms at all and was allowed to test. All the other people I saw at the test station yesterday who got tested looked very genki to me.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 293 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,270 See in context

I think that's the thing: people aren't really doing do much against COVID because the government is making it look like the situation is not so bad here: there is Go To Travel, Go To Eat, and for me, living in Japan (for a long time now), am worried to not know the Corona situation in Japan, because it has not being documented to a meaningful extend.

Well, you might be able to keep the number of infections down by just not testing. But how about the severe cases that need to be hospitalized and the deaths?

You can't really keep their numbers low by ignoring them. Except, you start lying about the cause of death.

If the pandemic was as out of control as in Europe or US, the hospitals would be likewise at their limits? No matter how much or little you test.

And this policy of almost no testing has been going on from the beginning, but the health care system still isn't overwhelmed.

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Posted in: Japan to grant re-entry 'gradually' to foreign residents stuck abroad See in context

Many other countries that have imposed travel bans such as Germany and France do not discriminate between citizens and foreign residents

Wait, Germany did! As a German national I was allowed into the country at all the time. However, there was a time when my Japanese husband would not have been allowed to enter Germany, I am pretty sure, because actually we had planned to visit my family in May, so I did some research back then

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Posted in: Gov't eyes limits on dogs, cats kept by breeders to prevent abuse See in context

Please include all animals, such as rabbits, hamsters, etc. They are suffering even more than cats and dogs, being considered as disposable toys by so many people, being kept in plastic cages the size of shoeboxes and then being literally thrown alive in wastebins when the children lost interest, it's heartbreaking.

A ban on selling any kind of live animals in pet shops would be so nice, but even in animal-friendly countries such as Switzerland or Austria that is not happening.

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Posted in: Staying at home in Tokyo's small apartments isn't easy See in context

My apartment has 60sqm and 2 floors. Enough for me and my wife,

I was thinking the same. My husband's and my 2F house has barely 60sqm, yet it is a 3 LDK. I even have my own private little room. I go for a walk and jogging each 1h per day. That is enough to make us happy.

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Posted in: 'Escape from Tokyo' hot topic ahead of state of emergency See in context

I don't understand what they are running from. If you or a household member have a high risk of dying from the virus, ok. But anybody else, why? Even with the state of emergency on Tokyo, you can still go out and buy anything you need for your life. Or buy it online. You can still go for a walk, jogging, cycling, as long as you keep your distance. You don't need to sit on your couch 24/7. The rules are far more strict in my home country and still my family and friends are allowed to do all of the things mentioned above, alone or with members of the same household only, of course. I am not afraid of staying in Tokyo.

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Posted in: Panic buying continues in Tokyo as residents asked to stay home for weekend See in context

I wanted to cook a dish with eggplants and tomato today, so I went to Gyomu supermarket near Togoshi Ginza station to buy some canned tomatos. It was hell. I think there were not many cans of ANY food left on the shelves. People lining up inside the supermarket like I have never seen before. Thank you, you panic buyers. The only thing that is getting more on my nerves than the virus itself is the stupidity of people. Good grief, there is NO need to buy food for the next 250 years, even during a lockdown we can all go to the supermarkets every day and buy any food we like. Or we could, if it wasn't for the stupid panic buyers.

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Posted in: Japan testing for coronavirus at fraction of capacity See in context

The viroligist Masahiro Kami said on the news the number of infections is likely to be 30 times higher, so around 27000. I think that is more realistic. Nevertheless my husband continues going to nomikai, is planning BBC for his company in April rolleyes . That carelessness will hit Japan like a boomerang somewhen.

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Posted in: Typhoon makes landfall on Izu Peninsula; one dead, at least 50 injured See in context

It's getting ridiculous...what's next, eruption of Fuji-san??

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Posted in: Typhoon pummels Kanto region; one reported dead, 40 injured See in context

I didn't get much sleep last night because the high winds are rain rattled the windows and my poor doggo was so scared by the noise that she tried to hide under me for protection lol xD

That is interesting, my hamster did not care at all, just doing his hamster business as usual. Now and then he stopped and listened to a very loud rattle from the amado, like: "man, what's this noise all about" and then just went on with his business. Which helped myself a lot in calming down, actually.

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Posted in: Outrage at acquittals in rape cases sparks calls to fix Japanese law See in context

Well, before 2017 a simple "no", or crying wasn't enough to prove a rape in Germany, either. There needed to be some physical force involved, and the woman needed to fight back, or it would hardly be treated as rape. That law was changed only after 2017. Now a simple "no" is enough to show your disagreement to sexual intercourse. And it wasn't until 1997 that raping your wife became illegal in Germany. So much for the modern, emancipated western world.

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