COVID-19 INFORMATION What you need to know about the coronavirus if you are living in Japan or planning a visit.

OssanAmerica comments

Posted in: Japan Post to temporarily stop accepting international mail due to coronavirus See in context

"The change is due to a significabt decline in flights to and from Japan, and various safety measures being put in place to counteract the coronavirus pandemic."

Air cargo flights have diminished. The temporary action is simply a necessity forced by the lack of flights.

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Posted in: April Fools! K-Pop star pranks his fans that he has coronavirus See in context

How do you say stupid douchbag in Korean? I hardly doubt the people of South Korea appreiciate this.

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Posted in: Virus infections not rampant nationwide but Japan on brink: Abe See in context

Declare a National Emergency. Why? Because it's a National Emergency. Is Japan prepared to face a collapse of their medical system like other nations?

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Posted in: Japan to give face masks to 50 mil households to fight virus See in context

Nothing wrong with people using masks. They aren't 100% protective but are a million times more effective than not wearing one at all.

That said, what an utterly stupid action, giving 2 masks to everyone at this stage. Screw the masks, listen to the medical experts and Declare a National Emergency. Now, before the outbreaks may explode in the major cities. If it doesn't, great, it can always be called off. But do it now rather than later when it's too late.

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Posted in: Smoking diners to take it outside as Tokyo ban kicks in See in context

Addiction to any drug, in this case nicotine, is a frightening and powerful thing.

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Posted in: Japanese comedian Ken Shimura dies from coronavirus-caused pneumonia See in context

" Shimura Ken was hospitalized on March 20 after developing a fever and being diagnosed with severe pneumonia. He tested positive for the virus on March 23". He passed away on the 29th.

And yes, he was a heavy smoker and drinker. RIP to a very funny and talented entertainer

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Posted in: Some foreigners in Aichi feeling concern over spread of virus See in context

Vince BlackToday  05:06 pm JST

So they’re blaming foreigners

No one's "blaming" anybody.

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Posted in: China's imported coronavirus cases rise as foreigners banned and flights cut See in context

I believe that a certain degree of global underlying resentment towards China for all the human and economic damage it has brought to the world will linger for many decades to come. The UN needs to pass resolutions forcing China to totally eliminate these wet markets with international compliance inspections. It should have been done 17 years ago after SARS. If certain countries can not be trusted with nuclear power without international inspections, certainly China's coronavirus incubators fall into the same category; a threat to the entire world.

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Posted in: Hundreds of Japanese stranded overseas amid coronavirus travel curbs See in context

There is another category of Japanese who may be negatively affected; those who are in foreign countries based on immigration visas that can only be renewed at the consular office in Japan. They could end up being forced into overstays unless the host countries can make special accomodations.

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Posted in: Pompeo says G7 agrees China spreading virus disinformation See in context

AkieToday  12:02 pm JST

voiceofokinawa said "A Chinese Foreign Ministry official, on the other hand, had tweeted earlier that the U.S. military had brought the novel coronavirus to China. "

Really, which official, what did he say ? would you please tell us exactly his tweet ?

This official:

"Cui Tiankai was summoned by Washington after other Chinese officials tweeted the conspiracy theory."

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3076476/coronavirus-barbs-help-nobody-chinas-washington-ambassador

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Posted in: Outdoor smokers on the rise as April law set to take effect See in context

cracaphatMar. 25  04:42 pm JST

Kiss a non-smoker.Taste the difference.I remember that ad from back in the day!

Yea. And "Kissing a smoker is like licking an ashtray".

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Posted in: Pompeo says G7 agrees China spreading virus disinformation See in context

IloveCoffeeToday  08:07 am JST

So what exactly is the "disinformation" he is talking about? This article just says that Pompeo accused China of disinformation - what is it? Give me an example of something China has said that isn't true? I

"After criticizing American officials for politicizing the pandemic, Chinese officials and news outlets have floated unfounded theories that the United States was the source of the virus."

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/13/world/asia/coronavirus-china-conspiracy-theory.html

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Posted in: Outdoor smokers on the rise as April law set to take effect See in context

Nearly all smokers who defend their "right" to smoke are nicotine addicts. They just don't realize it, or do but don't have the will power to quit. Often even knowing full well that the habit is either pushing them closer to major medical problems as they get older at best and knocking years off their lifespans at worst. Just what is the mentality of tthose who are smoking now when the global COVID19 pandemic is putting even young people into ICUs with damage to their lungs?

The price of cigarettes is far too low in Japan. Doubling the price or more has worked in the United States, something Japan should emulate. The cumulative cost to a country's medical system from the direct and indirect effects of smoking should be a motivator for nations to aggresively stamp out this addiction.

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

So anyone see a supermarket in Japan where they're limiting the number of customers?

https://www.bbc.com/news/business-52022240

Or empy store shelves?

https://www.nbc-2.com/story/41929830/coronavirus-fears-leave-grocery-store-shelves-empty

Or Japan's medical system on the verge of collapse?

https://abcnews.go.com/GMA/News/video/italy-health-care-brink-collapse-patients-flood-hospitals-69660091

Y'all need to get real. Japan's approach may not be perfect, but the average citizen/resident is far better off than in some other countries.

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

zichiToday 08:26 am JST

OssanAmerica

There is no panic in the streets, food supplies are not impacted, no police or military curfew and most importantly no collapse of the medical system.

Not correct. Panic buying of toilet paper, tissues, kitchen paper, masks, diapers. Shortages of some food items

Shortage of food supplies in Japan is NOTHING compared to other countries. Have you seen a shortage of milk, eggs, water, vegetables? This is what's happening in US right now.

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Posted in: Trump hopes to see U.S. economy reopened by Easter; contradicts warnings of public health officials See in context

Even the Chinese with their authoritarian heavy handedness had to shut Wuhan down for 2 full months. I'm afraid Trump is talking out the wrong end. As usual.

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

MeiyouwentiToday  07:45 am JST

Listening to advice of these infectious disease experts, the government fumbled its initial response to the viral outbreak.

What exactly has Japan fumbled when compared to other countries like Italy, US, Spain, Iran, SKorea, etc? There is no panic in the streets, food supplies are not impacted, no police or military curfew and most importantly no collapse of the medical system.

That said, I agree with this "expert" in that stricter enforcement is necessary. The idea of a 6500 audience in an indoor sports arena is simply ridiculous. Such idiot behavior should be prevented by law.

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

Sorry but I do not agree with this "Test Test Test" mantra as it can lead to critcally needed medical resources being used up for mild to asymptomatic cases at the expense of support for the severe cases. If we are to accept that some 80% of infections cause no to mild symptoms only and are treated with natural recovery. This is exactly what has happened in Italy, widespread testing and a near collapse of the medical system. What Japan, and many other nations need is far more ICU capability, from hospital neds to respirators, than presently available. If an accepted treatment has been established then by all means I would test, test and test and start treament as soon as possible. But no such treatment exists outside of experimental phases.

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Posted in: China's virus strategy: a model for the world? See in context

While some experts caution against accepting Beijing's figures at face value, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus insisted China's success "provides hope for the rest of the world".

Sure would like to see Tedros Adhanom's overseas bank account statements.

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Posted in: Why Italy? The factors behind a coronavirus disaster See in context

This article while explaining why Italy has had such a high number of deaths leaves the reader wondering why Japan, a country with even more elderly, with limited testing and God knows is crowded and close quartered as hell has not produced more COVID19 related deaths. And no, an autopsy is not required to determine if a patient who has died from pneumonia had COVID19.

Unless a nation can balance testing with available medical resources, this Italy scenario will be repeated. Once the medical system is overwhelmed the battle is lost.

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Posted in: No. of coronavirus infections in Japan passes 1,000 See in context

zichiToday  07:33 pm JST

onedragon

Japan is inherently a cleaner country than Italy and most of Asia. I think that reason alone has helped Japan dodge a bullet.

I disagree. I have lived in both countries Italy and Japan. One is no more cleaner than the other. Most Italians take an interest in their appearance and are very fashion conscious. They shower once or twice a day.

Yes, most Italians are fashion concious. And they also kiss each other on the left cheek for every hello and goodbye as anyone who's been to, much less lived in Italy would know. In contrast the Japanese hardly ever even shake hands prefering to bow instead.

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Posted in: No. of coronavirus infections in Japan passes 1,000 See in context

zichiToday  07:38 pm JST

OssanAmerica

The actual infection rate is probably higher with or without more tests because there are asymptomatic cases as well as reinfection cases.

They need to test all people with symptoms and those who come into contact with someone infected. They a need to test all the vital works.

All people with severe symptoms are already being tested. Bearing in mind that some 80% of infected person are said to show either no or mild symptoms, and an unknown number are asymptomatic, who exactly are "all the people" who you say should be tested? Everyone who wants to get tested? If so, I trust you realize what a burden that would place on the healthcare system, something we are seeing in other countries.

As far as "treat" goes, treat with what? There is no established treatment for COVID19 at this time. All possible treatments are still in their testing stages.

Treating means doing what is available to try and keep people alive like ventilators for people who can't breath.

People who are in severe condition to need respirators are already being treated. If they weren't, Japan would have a massively greater death rate.

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Posted in: No. of coronavirus infections in Japan passes 1,000 See in context

zichiToday  04:14 pm JST

With a small numbers of tests the infection rate is probably higher.

Someone needs to tell PM Abe, "test, trace, treat."

The actual infection rate is probably higher with or without more tests because there are asymptomatic cases as well as reinfection cases.

As far as "treat" goes, treat with what? There is no established treatment for COVID19 at this time. All possible treatments are still in their testing stages.

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Posted in: N Korea fires two short-range ballistic missiles See in context

What a doofus. lol

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Posted in: Abe says schools to reopen after spring break; remains cautious about big events See in context

JapanBlissToday  07:04 am JST

Japan has not dodged the bullet. It is simply in denial because the infection rates are under reported. People cannot get through on the hotline and are unable to get tested. They are told to go home. Those that die are not tested postmortem and so death rates are also underreported.

Please provide a link to support your statement that "Those that(sic) die are not tested postmortem". People don't just simply die from catching COVID19, they die only when it leads to lower repiratory system issues which are observed and treated on their own.

"The woman fell ill in January but only later showed symptoms of pneumonia and was hospitalised, then transferred to another hospital when her condition worsened. Her infection with the coronavirus confirmed after her death, Kato said. The route of contagion was being investigated."

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-health-japan-ship/japan-records-first-coronavirus-death-two-taxi-drivers-test-positive-idUSKBN20708N

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Posted in: Mask diplomacy: China tries to rewrite virus narrative See in context

These "wet markets" should have been banned by China after the SARS outbreak in 2002/2003. Their failure to do anything despite having determined them to be the cause is what the entire world is now suffering from both in terms of life, death, health as well as economy. The damage that China has done to the world, is really quite immeasurable. But China has been too busy building trying to steal the Senkakus and building artificial islands and militarizing the South China Sea, and persecuting Uighurs and those who speak out against the CCP to spend any effort on something so important and predictable as putting an end to these novel coronavirus incubators. If this COVID19 pandemic pulls China off it's economic high horse it will have been self earned.

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Posted in: Japanese firms see economy contracting if Olympics were to be cancelled See in context

Japan's economy is going to contract regardless of whether the Olympics are held as scheduled or not.

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Posted in: California governor issues sweeping statewide 'stay at home' order over coronavirus See in context

savethegaijinToday  01:00 pm JST

About half of my Californian friends lost their jobs today. For them and their families, the world is crumbling.

If only people would have taken it more seriously in the beginning.

Well the "beginning" goes back to early December 2019 when some doctors in China raised the red flag and the Chinese government prosecuted them to shut them up. They kept it under wraps so as not to upset their economy, and let the mass horde of touristss go visit other countries during their Lunar New Year. They long resisted allowing the US CDC and WHO from entering to exanmine on site. And now the Chinese dictatorship is patting themselves on the back claiming to have contained COVID19 in their own country, while more people have now died outside China than inside China and infections continue rampant. So how are other countries supposed to "take it more seriously in the beginning" when it wasn't openly disclosed to them until it was too late?

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Posted in: China to expel American reporters after U.S. curbs its media See in context

CrazyJoeToday  09:59 am JST

This is terrific. At a time when we need to have greater access to information, China shuts down American media access because Trump, in his bullying blaming way, had to reference the coronavirus as the Chinese virus.

I hate Trump with a passion. But he's not wrong. Of course he's trying to divert criticism of his early handling of the issue and framing it as a "foreign virus" (as if domestic ones are any better), so yea, he's in his usual form. But...he's not wrong. Far more blame falls on the CCP on this one.

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Posted in: What might China gain from the COVID-19 crisis? See in context

I really don't think there's anything China has gained from COVID19. Only losses. And in a big way.

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