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: Samurai sword letter openers See in context

do people still send letters these days?

The ones who still use fax machines might....

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Posted in: Japanese artists in New York sing 'Sukiyaki' together in heartwarming video See in context

I am not trying to take away from what these guys are doing, but it doesn't need to be rebroadcasted over and over again on the news. If people are interested in this stuff, they can go on youtube and watch it until their eyes bleed. But I think one story on the news would have been sufficient.

Anyone remember 3/11's Flowers Shall Bloom? That went on forever. Anyone who can't abide, you can control the mute button on the remote. That's what it's for.

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Posted in: Japanese artists in New York sing 'Sukiyaki' together in heartwarming video See in context

We're all tired. Some of us will be moved by such efforts, some of us won't. Perhaps throwing shade on those who are trying to lighten the load for others might not be appropriate, even if the effort is a fail for some. Now might be a good time to let it go so that those who did find some solace in it can savour it without the disdain of others.

Trying something--by creating, giving, speaking/singing of hope is better than doing nothing and inviting despair.

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Posted in: Tokyo airports — eerie reminder of virus See in context

An express train bound for the Narita International Airport departed Tokyo Station on time at 5:33 p.m. with only one passenger.

On 3 April I was the only passenger who disembarked from the NEX at Terminal 1 at Narita. When the train had stopped at Tokyo Station the platform was empty.

Before exiting the station I stopped by the washroom where an attendant was sanitizing the faucets. She couldn't wait to engage me in conversation--definitely not the norm in the Japanese service industry.

In the airport itself there were more personnel (though it was obviously a skeleton staff) than passengers.

At the restaurant where I chose to enjoy a meal I was the only patron, and my server thanked me repeatedly for coming.

It was an eerie experience as if I were walking through a graveyard for the living.

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Posted in: 'Here Comes the Sun,' 'Rocky' theme get U.S. hospitals through dark days of pandemic See in context

Like Christmas carol looping in public spaces, it's passable the first time you hear the first one. After that you have an earworm as well as the virus and its multiple stressors.

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Posted in: Traditional Japanese seal system hampers telework for some See in context

Everyone outside Japan thinks Japan is the cutting edge of technology - Japan certainly has companies producing some cutting edge technology, but Japan itself is very much stuck in the past.

Almost everyone. Problem is, most who perceive and (god forbid) point out such flaws in the Japanese order of things are labelled haters and told to go home. Sigh....

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Posted in: School closures have little impact on COVID-19 control, review finds See in context

Most important questions: Who funded this research?

That could well influence the level of bias in the results.

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Posted in: Pandemic deals blow to plastic bag bans, plastic reduction See in context

Though I've never been much for take-out food or coffee, I have noticed how much more energy I consume than before the C-19 pandemic.

I wash or microwaving of cloths I use to sanitize countertops, sinks, computers, phones and other hard plastic.

I use the dishwasher to properly sterilize each day's dishes even if it's not full because it does a better job than hand washing.

I more frequently wash small loads of any clothes worn in public places where I may have encountered coughing people.

I use more paper towels, hand sanitizing wipes, bleach wipes, liquid bleach and peroxide (chemicals I generally avoid in favour of scrubbing with soap).

I now leave certain lights on all day instead of repeatedly touching switches--though I choose LED over other options.

I never use a tissue more than once.

I don't reuse the plastic bags I used to repurpose (often repeatedly) as they could be covered in C-19 which lives a long time on plastic. I don't have the space to let it decontaminate on its own.

I must also repeatedly wash and dry rubber and/or cloth gloves.

I now throw out almost everything that I might otherwise have reused as I simply cannot sanitize it all.

Sad reality. But I'd like to be alive when this is over--if it ever will be over.

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Posted in: Narita to close 1 runway as air travel demand plunges See in context

After being stuck at home for as long as people have been, they are going to want to take vacations!

That's right. Look at history and in the aftermath of plagues those who inherit the spoils party, party, party. Nobody ever learns anything. They forget/rinse and repeat.

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

The article doesn't mention the biggest issue for many which will be adjusting to working at home with their kids stuck there too. It's in at the deep end.

A friend's husband has the option to work from home but in spite of the risk to himself and his family prefers to go to the office because of the toddlers. He "can't get anything done at home because of the kids." Welcome to a housewife's reality.

The whole situation is nasty. Period. No matter which way you try to make the best of it. Wait until the rainy season followed by the summer heat hits in Japan. And they say without a vaccine, this virus may float around like a miasma for years.

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Posted in: 5 France-based Japanese chefs feeding doctors during coronavirus fight See in context

Heartening story for disheartening times....

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Posted in: Man arrested over death of 85-year-old mother See in context

In addition to your pertinent comments, Do the hustle, the sometimes unhealthy interpersonal dynamics between parents and their children exacerbate the untennable situation. Not all mothers are sweet and nurturing. Some know how to criticize, undermine and passive-aggressively trash a person's confidence all their lives. We don't know the full story. Perhaps the man imagining 10-15 more years in such a confining and unhealthy dynamic without the support systems needed to cope might explain this tragic ending. The man has exchanged one prison for another. The next one might be easier for him.

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Posted in: Masks are everywhere in Asia, but have they helped? See in context

Yes, picking nose while wearing a mask necessitates taking off the mask and maybe is equally bad to not wearing mask at all.

Really? MAYBE equally bad to not wearing a mask? Instead of "equally bad" how about rude, gross, disgusting, unhygienic, revolting? Not wearing a mask has never been any of those. It's simply a largely cultural, personal lifestyle and imperfect (perhaps even misguided) health choice.

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Posted in: Keep your distance See in context

Similar signage at Narita when I caught a flight out of the country yesterday. The place was a ghost town. So empty that the Special Assistance driver almost prostrated himself begging me to let him drive me to my gate. Absolutely unnecessary for me, but I agreed for the sake of his mental health.

In another area employees in one area were polishing the spokes of the parked wheelchairs for something to do.

One per wheelchair each two meters apart, right? Nope. All 5 clumped around one chair. It's like the nattering of escalators. No one pays attention. It's just noise.

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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?

https://japantoday.com/category/national/Japan-eyes-emergency-coronavirus-legislation-as-infections-rise  

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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