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Posted in: Japan coronavirus cases pass 5,000 as state of emergency fails to keep people home See in context

"...enforcement will rely more on peer pressure and a deep-rooted Japanese tradition of respect for authority."

That was like 100 years ago. It's all tongue-in-cheek now. They do what they want as soon as someone isn't looking or in public if it isn't illegal. Their biggest concern here is work, and companies here don't care about people, as shown by many problems with heirarchy, power harassment, and antiquated business policies. The business leaders of Japan are a bunch of bullying samurai who keep the peasants underfoot, and workers have been trained in their elementary, JHS, and HS days to never go against direct authority, so they go to work without hesitation (if complaining in private). It is a system of abuse. The respect for "authority" in this statement is misplaced.

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Posted in: Cluster suspected at Oita medical center after 2 more virus cases confirmed See in context

I have been holed up for over a month now, and take this very seriously. I am not going to crowded places and only go out for groceries.

That being said, I understand why SOME Japanese, definitely not a majority, may not be taking this seriously.

They are young and selfish, since they live in Tokyo far from their elderly family members and think it won't affect them.

Cherry blossoms are an essential aspect of Japanese culture. One earlier poster put it quite well, even though I hope they were being sarcastic, in the cultural psyche that states "they are ephemeral and will be gone soon, so one must enjoy them."

Not that I agree. Seriously. Let's all go to the cherry tree next to our house where no one is and enjoy a picnic alone this year, for cripes sake.

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

"That’s understandable. Every country has its own embassies in Japan. Instead of putting all the faults in Japan why not contact your embassy first? It’s not only Japan who’s struggling with the situation...this is a worldwide issue!!!"

Well, yes it is a worldwide issue. I would say that other developed countries are doing a better job at communication and direction. Sadly, after 16 years here, I have to agree with those who are complaining. For a government that has so much money and unity to not treat the increasingly new and necessary foreign population with the same respect as their own is not acceptable. Not only that, this is an emergency situation, and they aren't dealing with it very well in general. at first they treated like a joke, and now they are slowly doing the trickle-down effect but it's too late. The knowledge was there at the very beginning that the virus takes 2 to 4 weeks to incubate. They should have shut everything down then. Doing it now is not very effective. Because so many people are having symptoms or concerned that they might have it, they're overloading the national health system. The government isn't prepared to deal with it. Instead of keeping people in the dark, they should give them some good options.

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Posted in: Japan reports first coronavirus death; 3 others, including doctor test positive See in context

I have lived in Japan for 15 years, and hardly getting sick after I started doing this very common practice (they teach it in many places, but mostly in Japanese language): gargle for 45 seconds and wash your hands for 25 with warm soapy water. Use a mask during flu season.

How to: gargle at minimum with warm to hot water several times a day. If you get a sore throat, you can do two things 1. Get the Iodine gargle at the drug store (try not to use it unless you have a sore throat, because Iodine in large amounts isn't all that good for you.) 2. If you feel like you are going to get sick and have a sore throat, dissolve a packet of Kakkonto (Chinese Traditional Medicine powder for colds. Next time you go, ask your doctor for Tsumura #1) in about a half a cup to a cup of hot water. Gargle and swallow that in little bits. It stings like heck and is kind of strange-sounding, but I NEVER get sick if I do that. I don't know if it brings up my tonsillary immune system or what, but it works. I got sick 11 times the first year, 12 times the 2nd year, and the third year I started gargling during the flu season and it went down to 0-2 colds per year.

If you want to try to keep from getting the virus and you have a western nose, forget the normal masks. All the air comes in around the nose. I got some good masks at the hardware store with a little circular valve in the front, three for about ¥500. It provides real protection without making me look like a freak (I also got one of those serious masks with the replaceable filters, but I think it's overkill and scares the kids.

Finally, I also gently rinse my nose out and clean my eyes and eyelashes with warm water when I get back from being around a lot of people. Those are also mucus membranes, even if they don't actively intake air into our bodies. I would rather be safe than sorry.

Anyway, wash hands, gargle, and get a decent mask (especially if you are riding the train, for pete's sake!) and you will be a lot safer.

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Posted in: Koizumi backs different surnames for married couples after heckling incident See in context

Wow. He sounds like a good guy. It seems like he cares about the needs of individuals and families over 'societal rules', which is really new and severely needed for Japanese people to evolve into a modern, globalized society.

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