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: Lockdown or lock-in? Fears of alcoholism, addiction in confinement See in context

There's meditation and hypnosis meditations by the dozens online. Why not give those a try?

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Posted in: Not staying in See in context

In the apartment (a tiny studio) next to mine, staying home and distancing meant a party of multiple people crammed in cranking up the music, drinking, laughing, singing and shrieking for several hours as the alcohol consumed increased the volume. It seems they brought their ohanami inside.

Ironic. So much for blaming foreigners for the behaviour disrespectful of others. Reluctant landlords take note.

The kind of civil disobedience that the caption suggests seems very uncharacteristic for a nation like Japan with an ordinarily strong sense of communal respect.

Not anymore, I guess.

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Posted in: High hug See in context

Ah, but common sense is uncommon.

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Posted in: Koike urges Tokyo residents to stay at home at weekend See in context

What I want to know is, if I ever see toilet paper on the shelves here. This is ony aspect I don´t understand. It is not like this is a diarrhea pandemic now, or is it?

Yeah, I never understood the toilet paper thing. Most Japanese have a washlet to wash and dry their nether regions. Most cringe and argue vehemently against using paper because it is "unsanitary."

Some who have the virus have diarrhea and the virus also travels that way. So more super cleaning if you do.

Two symptoms I heard from a doctor yesterday were the loss of taste and of smell. Dry cough is symptomatic, Bungle. Shut it down and stay home until you recover or are tested and know for sure. In contrast, sneezing and wet cough are symptomatic of allergies and colds. Sometimes other flu.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics in 2021 will be beacon of hope, says IOC See in context

Difficult but wise decision.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics seem sure to happen — but in 2021, not 2020 See in context

Do they not know what 'social distancing' means?

Rhetorical question, right?

Of course they don't. Tape a small piece of paper to the wall and 3 more rush in to "help."

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

Tara, everything happens in other countries--has been for all ages. Nothing like finding Japan Today a little titillating for a change. Who knew?

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Posted in: How to clean the bundle of germs that is your phone See in context

Thank you! This is most helpful.

The soap step is the best option. A week ago I learned from a doctor's video that the C-19 virus has an oily coating. Vigorous hand washing--especially under finger nails which we already know are more contaminated (ew!) than toilet seats--and scrubbing hard surfaces with soap BREAKS that oil barrier which KILLS the virus.

If more people understood that they could be better warriors against its spread. All we are ever told is handwashing without the WHY handwashing. SPREAD the word, folks.

I still see people in washrooms regularly using the dip, flink and wipe on a soiled cloth method of personal hygiene. Those hands then potentially touch every other thing that anyone else handles--knobs, merchandise, cutlery set out on table trays, the trays sets are served on, money the list is endless.

When you or I touch things we then bring these viruses home to our light switches and everything else the touch. Scrub up folks. Scrub up like OR doctors.

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Posted in: Will Abe declare emergency over coronavirus after law revision? See in context

What is not being done and what needs to be done sooner rather than later is to help the small business owners from going bankrupt.

A friend of mine approached his landlord for a break in the rent during this time as business has dropped to 30% of what it was pre-COVID-19. How is he to make payroll and rent? Who is protecting the small businesses? Hundreds of thousands of them across the nation. What happens when they all go bust in the aftermath.

The landlord refused. If my friend can't pay he will take it from the guarantor. Landlords should have some responsibility to be helpful under the law.

This isn't even being discussed.

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Posted in: Japanese penguin mop top covers are a cute cleaning motivator See in context

Seriously? The motivation for cleaning is the desire for purity and serenity in life. This is ridiculous marketing nonsense,

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Posted in: Tokyo gov't urges people to refrain from cherry blossom parties in parks See in context

Why is this item in yesterday's JT being lost in the COVID-19 conversations?  

Proposing that sort of legislation in a "democracy" is more frightening than any flu and the panic buying we're seeing globally so far. That's quite the step up from the nanny state telling you when to Cool Biz and take off a blazer or when to put on a sweater.

Time to get woke, sheeple.

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Posted in: Health ministry not helpful for foreigners in Japan seeking virus info See in context

The embassies usually offer their own advice for their citizens. You can also call your embassy for advice.

Hahaha! Last week the Canadian Embassy listed only to avoid traveling to hot zones in Fukushima and a Rubella warning. Nothing about COVID-19 at all. When I contacted the email emergency address (located in Montreal) offered me the JNTO Helpline.

I came as prepared as possible (since I am not sick insurance will not cover my flight or lease cancellation). While in flight the nation emptied all its stores of toilet paper. Yokoso Japan!

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Posted in: Japanese mothers struggle to cope after virus shuts schools See in context

“I think the measure was set up because of the assumption that someone, most likely mothers, is at home to take care of the children, and we became easy targets,” she said.

Always. Without an edict that no one can be fired during this (poor) attempt at crisis management the burden on (usually female) parents or grandparents (who may live in another prefecture or country) is unconscionable.

Then again, if the schools had remained open and every child 1. inspected daily for symptoms and fever along with 2. lessons in proper hand washing, 3. what a mask can/cannot, should/should not be expected to do, as well as 4. every other strategy of hygiene etiquette; the easy target would have been teachers. Always next in line to do what's not being done at home.

The Oympic Sho(gani) must go on!

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Posted in: Angry confrontation breaks out after man coughs on Yamanote Line train in Tokyo See in context

Japan mask culture is a JOKE. All over news airwaves in Ireland and U.K. is that MASKS should only be worn by people who have a cold, virus, etc. Wearing one WONt stop you getting the virus, especially the way they wear them in Japan.....gaps galore for particles to get in and out. The amount of brainwashing in Japan is unbelievable. 

So true. Guy behind me on the Narita Express makes a huge cough as I get up to pull down my bag. His mask is hanging under his chin. A girl wearing a mask on my flight pulls it up and down to eat and talk and sleep. Then calmly puts in her contact lenses during descent without sanitizing her hands (or the tray).

Irony: Schools are closed and people are advised to reduce social contact. Starbucks was jammed today with students (with and without improperly utilized masks) huddled together over coffee and the windows streaming with condensation.

Fear is a palpable energy that's harder to ward off than a virus. So is ignorance.

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Posted in: Store shelves stripped of toilet paper amid coronavirus fears See in context

Time to start cutting up the newspapers :) ?

Just don't flush them.... or anything else that isn't TP.

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Posted in: Japan announces basic policy to fight spread of coronavirus See in context

How you can ask people to wait four days with fever after you made much more harder to treat.

You can't. Basically you have your own resources to go on. You can seek help if you have fever after 2 days if you are "elderly," pregnant or your immune system is compromised by a pre-existing condition.

So lie. If you are 50+ you can call yourself elderly. If you are female and 20-45 you can say you think you are pregnant. Most especially if you have any difficulty breathing.

However, in most cases you are probably better off to ride it out at home since most cases recover. It's important to self-monitor without panic. A panic attack + a flu can present like a worst case scenario. Keep a strong mind and use all the best prevention strategies you know.

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Posted in: Have you been on one of those giant cruise ships for a holiday? What was your experience like? Did you have a good time? See in context

My experience was similar to others here. I would not have chosen it myself; however, my father paid for the whole family to celebrate my mother's 80th birthday by sailing from Vancouver to Alaska.

I enjoyed having a personal steward, that we could celebrate without anyone having to cook or host others in their homes as well as the meals and sight-seeing. But I wouldn't do it twice. I prefer the freedom to roam as well as the option to set my own schedule and to chart my own course.

I also am not interested in the on board entertainment which so many find fascinating. Others in my family cruise across the Atlantic and Pacific and on various European rivers almost every year. They can't get enough of the experience and people they meet. I never met a soul I wanted to talk to more than once.

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Posted in: Floating petri dishes? Coronavirus puts cruise industry in the dock See in context

U.S.-based Chiron says that the image of thousands of people crammed together on board -- ripe conditions for the spread of illness -- is also wide of the mark.

When things got out of hand on the Diamond Princess it was most likely due to the bungling of those in charge of the quarantine. Otherwise the industry stats aren't alarming.

Though I'd like to see the percentage for all illnesses caused by pathogens across the cruise industry, with a norovirus rate of .0003% as cited in the article, perhaps those figures are encouraging for the general population. Why? because they take extensive precautions and understand the measures necessary to clean properly.

Japan is, after all, very much like a cruise ship: densely populated and challenging to disembark. What is needed is a thorough campaign to educate the population as to the precautions which work, the proper use and disposal of masks and gloves (should you opt to use them), and the extra steps required to properly disinfect homes and public properties.

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Posted in: Quarantine measures questioned as woman tests positive after leaving cruise ship See in context

This virus mainly kills the Elderly - so I wonder what will happen when we have the first Politician falling sick ? Or even the Emperor himself... he's just turned 60.

Sixty is not elderly.

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Posted in: 23 passengers not tested before leaving cruise ship in Yokohama See in context

Oy vey! Why can't government officials seek the advice of experts such as Professor Iwata at the outset and do exactly what such experts say?

The Canadians who have returned are now speaking to media describing the haphazard and inadequate control of the situation on the Diamond Princess. Unbelievable incompetence and mishandling of the situation by both the Japan. The Canadian government got no praise for its effort on behalf of its citizens either.

Laughably, the Canadian Embassy website for Tokyo offers only cautions about not visiting Fukushima and Reubella outbreaks.

The Japanese government recently issued number to call is only available in Japanese. Nothing else for anyone who might wonder what to do next if they've run a fever for 4 days and have self-isolated. The best thing my Embassy could do was offer me the JNTO help line. Pathetic.

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Posted in: Hundreds leave quarantined cruise ship in Yokohama as coronavirus concerns grow See in context

Japan is fumbling this horribly. Given the average Japanese dude doesn’t wash his hands after using the restroom, this could get bad. (It’s ironic they are willing to wear ineffective masks to prevent the spread of diseases, but are unwilling to wash their hands.)

So true. And even more scary since the information has come out that the living virus is also found in fecal matter. We must now also consider its aerosol effect when using any facilities..

But inadequate hand washing is not found only in Japan. I see this everywhere. So few wash properly that when I do see someone beside me washing properly I thank them for their commitment to personal and public health.

The women I've observed in Japan often rinse for a few seconds, flink their fingers and dry off in the cloths they carry with them. Women elsewhere do the same but dry off with paper towels or the air dryers provided. In upscale washrooms in the finer Japanese malls and hotels the dryers (and even stalls) provide blue-light sanitizing. (So whenever possible I use the top tier facilities.)

However, none of those measures are as good as a thorough hand washing and taking special care under the fingernails. People would also be well advised not to wear rings until the crisis wanes. They're a breeding ground as well, which is why visitors to hospital wards with severely compromised patients are asked to remove them. Even the Duchess of Cambridge recently observed this practice.

However, after all that care people must remember that the next thing they touch very likely recontaminates them. The neurotic germophobes among us are the smart ones. They've been hyper vigilant all along. Perhaps not quite mentally healthy, but likely better served in this sort of situation.

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Posted in: Influenza wave significantly wanes in Japan See in context

Oh and I did see many with the masks only to take them off, blast away then put it back on.

Of course! Why would you want to sit there with your own blast trapped against your face?

What, pray tell, is "blasting"?

Sneezing or coughing into the air/people around you without practicing proper hygiene etiquette by covering your mouth in the crook of your elbow or against your upper arm or expectorating inside your shirt if you are wearing short sleeves. (Not usually a problem in winter.)

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Posted in: Japanese data on cruise ship coronavirus infections backs quarantine strategy See in context

Cases among crew were observed to steadily increase, peaking on Feb 13.

Of course they did, if as Iwata reported they were eating their lunches with their gloves on and freely moving about without consideration for the non-existent red and green zones.

The NIID report was "very reassuring," said Kentaro Iwata.

Well you don't need a degree in rocket science to realize everything that he did not say.

He did not say that the report was true. 2. He did not say that he withdrew his earlier criticism or that it was mistaken because of this new report. 3. He did not say that he had any faith in the NIID report. 4. He did not say that there was any real reassurance in the report. He merely describes it as reassuring.

Of course, that is exactly what the NIID wishes the sheeple to feel--reassured--as in there, there. everything in the nanny state is just fine. The facts? Not important. Only face.

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Posted in: On July 1, a law will go into effect in Japan making it mandatory for supermarkets, convenience stores and other retailers to charge for plastic shopping bags. Do you think this will reduce the amount of plastic waste? See in context

Other countries have done this and drastically cut their use of plastic.

Ah yes. True. But other countries are not unique Japan. They march to their own beat here.

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Posted in: It's difficult to enforce a quarantine in a ship environment and I'm absolutely sure there were some passengers who think they're not going to let anyone tell them what they can and cannot do. If the passengers had been quarantined on land, having more space might have allowed for better infection control procedures. See in context

...the continued spread of the virus on the cruise ship Diamond Princess during its quarantine at Yokohama may have partly been due to compliance problems.

It's probably not what the good doctor meant, but the "compliance problem" with traditional Japanese bureaucratic procedures and failure to rely on the expertise of those who know how to handle this kind of problem is partly to blame. Different compliance problem, but still at the heart of the problem.

The professor's descriptions of the failure to establish green and red zones as well as the reliance on paper forms (which were most likely contaminated as they passed through various hands) and other failures in managing the quarantine properly made me cringe.

This is far from the first bungle and not the last, I'm afraid. When will they ever learn...?

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Posted in: Can a curry shop legally ban you if you don’t finish your rice? A Japanese lawyer chimes in See in context

Simple solutions have already been offered. The repeated small bowls, for example. However, if "free" helpings of a dish are offered as enticement, restaurant owners realistically have to expect some abuse of the offer by a minority of customers. People are people and much of the time people exhibit all sorts of objectionable behavior. Alas, we can't ban them from life.

While it's a different situation entirely and I do my best, restaurants perhaps don't realize that it can be very difficult to finish all the food on the tray in Japan because it is routinely served in a set. In such an inflexible one-note-samba situation I can't skip the rice (which I don't like to eat as it's a carbohydrate without much nutritional value). I understand that it commands god-like reverence in Japan, but it does nothing for me. I'll eat (and enjoy) natto before I choose rice.

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Posted in: Japan issues coronavirus medical guidance as infections rise See in context

Very funny, theFu! But I think the Government is still in pre-meeting meetings to figure out what they can agree on at the meeting.

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Posted in: Canada to evacuate passengers from virus-hit cruise ship See in context

Why all this chatter about billing and costs and who will pay? That's why travelers purchase insurance. The further nuisance (after the illness/quarantine on ship/evacuation or hospitalization/and further quarantine at home costs are added up) will be filing those insurance claims. Lots of empathy for all those affected.

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Posted in: Senior drivers responsible for 14% of fatal accidents in 2019 See in context

Discrimination based solely on age is allowed free rein again.

Why aren't we talking about stepping up the basis on which ALL people are permitted to receive and keep their licenses through adequate, rigorous testing and regular upgrading?

Why do we turn a blind eye to the 85% who cause the greatest number of deaths? Instead, the talk turns to blanket bans of one demographic which causes fewer deaths than all the rest put together. Then someone in their whizdum also suggests that we take teens out of the picture so that the over 75s look even worse.


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Posted in: After miscarriage, women seek support, emotional outlet on Instagram See in context

@ tjguy

I believe the same source you are quoting also suggests "Judge not lest ye be judged."

You might want to take that to heart and perhaps think about how hurtful your rant might be to others. Yes, you are entitled to free speech; however, greater sensitivity and diplomacy would fall under the umbrella of simple good manners.

@ savethegaijin

Deepest condolences. You did not deserve to be treated in that manner or have your grief callously dismissed.

@ oldman_13

Some people need to share. That does not make them narcissists simply because there are others who do not. What is private for you, someone else might need to express. The important thing is to acknowledge and treat others' grief with the dignity and grace it deserves even though you would handle it differently if it were your grief.

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