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Posted in: Tokyo reports 122 new coronavirus cases See in context

Angela Merkel is the chancellor of Germany, not the president. She didn't get into detail what's so good about Japan's response but she might mean the cluster detection and focus on avoiding superspreading events. These are the only things which also got praised by German virologists. It's surely not the low number of tests...

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Posted in: High court denies Korean school's right to Japan gov't subsidies See in context

What a shameful and discriminatory decision again. Those so-called "pro-Pyongyang" schools have nothing to do with schools in North Korea. They mainly use Japanese textbooks. The only aspect which is different from "pro-Seoul" schools is that they put more focus on the Korean language. The pictures of the Kims are a thing from the past. Most of the schools removed the pictures and, by the way, create very intelligent and open individuals.

Chongryon also has a very strained relationship to the NK leadership already for decades, and equally tense is the relationship between Chongryon and each school which consist of teachers who were born and raised in Japan in the 3rd generation or so. They have like zero relations to NK ideology.

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Posted in: Vietnam Airlines to resume flights to Japan from Hanoi and Saigon on Sept 18 See in context

Taiwan (China)?

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Posted in: Japan's re-entry ban to contain virus unfair, Western business lobbies say See in context


Thank you, couldn't have said it better.

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Posted in: Japan may re-open borders to travelers from Thailand, Vietnam, Australia, NZ See in context

Dear Japanese Government,

How about allowing reentry for Japan's foreign residents first?

Residents who are stranded abroad, lose their jobs, their loves, their lives in Japan right at this moment.

Residents who are still in Japan and have to choose between attending their mother's funeral and losing their life in Japan, or staying in Japan and not being able to say goodbye to their loved ones.

Residents who pay taxes, doing dirty labor that Japanese don't want to do anymore and contributing to the Japanese economy and society.

We already understood that you don't see us as a real part of your country but do we demand too much when when we ask you to adhere to basic human rights and humanitarian values?

Best foreign regards

A foreign resident who doesn't have any of the above mentioned problems but is just disappointed...yeah, disappointed and angry.

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Posted in: Japan to approve its first antigen coronavirus test kits See in context

Having the capacity to do many antigen tests doesn't mean that they will actually carry out many of those tests. Let's be rational: the prefectures are setting guidelines right now for easing the restrictions. One of the conditions which have to be met (in Osaka for example) are a low number of untracable infections. It's clear that infections both tracable and untracable will spike when many of those antigen tests are carried out. This would be a disaster for the national and regional governments. There is absolutely no political will to detect the true numbers and, as a result, maybe have to put restrictions on the economy again unless they could justify it with a second wave, let's say in autumn.

Also, to those always accusing people who complain about Japan's coronavirus response of wishing Japan a more severe situation: I'm sure nobody wants that and everybody would be happy if this ends as soon as possible. I think many people just don't want the Japanese government to get away with this. The approach of the government totally lacks transparency regarding the true state of infections and this seems to be mainly based on a non-existing willingness to make it transparent. Somebody would expect that from an autocratic state but not from a democratic state. That's what gives many people from stable democracies a feeling of discomfort, even if the virus response is bad in their home countries as well. The situation in Japan doesn't change because of that.

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