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

RickyC comments

Posted in: Pharma firm Anges, Osaka Univ to begin testing coronavirus vaccine on animals See in context

Not testing and tracing the infected patients all around the country, which will be the case for new researches.

Not treating enough potential patients, and sending back the most to home to comfort bureaucracy and not to overwhelm hospitals (acceptable)

Not changing the strict measure and procedure of getting tested that described in mid-january, although we now have strong data showing that possible severe cases are not experiencing fever. The knowledge about the virus changed in two months.

Not releasing any transparent data about underlying illnesses of covid-19 related deaths to the public.

No published researches to the world after two months of case experience , although we have hundreds of from all around the world right now.

Promoting the same medecin in each opportunity since Ebola outbreak

I hope, I will go wrong but it's impossible to expect anything from Japan in covid-19 case for the world, upon all the cover-ups, conservatism and untransparency.

We can only expect nicely-organised Olympics next year, which was the focus of Japan by all means for months.

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Posted in: Confirmed new coronavirus infections in Japan now 1,528, including cruise ship cases See in context

@Bruce Chatwin

1) For people has an interest to know, in the weekend Japan confirmed second case of coronavirus related death after performing autopsy and post mortem test, which isn't performed while they are alive.

The reason that, they have performed a test for this patient and previous patient is because they had covid-19 infected relatives, so in case a patient hasn't any covid-19 infected relatives, there will be no autopsy to perform upon the pneumonia related death.

2) People are finding relief by comparing JP numbers with western world's number, which is totally understandable emotionally, but one thing that we are missing is Japan has no downward trend, actually doubled daily confirmation numbers compared to 10 days ago, we are now in a range of 40~80 confirmation range per day. Statistically speaking, to find a relief, we need to see numbers such less than 30 for three or more consecutive days.

As normally pessimist person, I've feeling that we are just delaying the peak or we will see a camel hump like trend. And with its unique testing and hospital measurements, comparing Japanese numbers with western numbers is misleading to find a relief.

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Posted in: Lower house passes virus bill allowing Abe to declare emergency See in context

@Ian

Put another way, we cannot claim more deaths due to something if there is no more deaths to begin with.

OK, Ian. There is no meaning to discuss with you. I said in the above that we need data desperately to understand the situation, because 100-200 extra elderly death is, if available, is not something that we can understand by smelling the atmosphere, in country that has population of 120 millions.

There are of course no millions of deaths.

You are claiming that there is no irregular amount of that death without knowing the data, that's also speculation.

There is no meaning to have discussions, I answered you with all scientific possibilities, if you have also concerns, please request the data as responsible citizen. Because you are not capable to confirm below in at the moment.

Put another way, we cannot claim more deaths due to something if there is no more deaths to begin with.

Or believe what you want to believe.

Moderator: No more bickering please.

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Posted in: Lower house passes virus bill allowing Abe to declare emergency See in context

@ian

Why are some people insisting that there would be more deaths due to covid19 if there is more testing? Was there an influx of deaths due to unknown causes recently? We need to know if there was, please post the data or a link

The death reason can be anything, because the virus itself is not killing, it's a trigger for a failure of respiratory system or any other parts of your body that have ongoing problem that can be connected thousands of possibilities, it can be simply classified as pneumonia, renal failure or any other thing. Can you classify a death of HIV infected person, without knowing the person has HIV? Bcs HIV is not killing, HIV triggering the failure of the sytem/organs.

Even in Italy, we just learned that in Naples, epilepsy patient's death classified as epilepsy crisis, although she is confirmed that infected with coronavirus and it was trigger for the crisis, to not to inflate region's death count.

We need to know if there was, please post the data or a link

I'm desperately checking for data of this winter's respiratory system related hospital visits, hospitalizations and death to at least to calm my own worries regarding to my family. However there isn't any info regarding to this.

In Turkey, public pressured the government because of their disbelief to them regarding to the covid-19 data's. The government needed to publish all respiratory related hospital visit data by comparing with 2019 winter, after the pressure. However, in here there is no questioning from media or public regarding to this. Even in Erdogan's country, this is how even half-democracy works.

RESULT: None of viruses in the world can kill a person alone in one day, they are triggers for failures that covers 2~5 weeks of period.

Without test, there is no virus that trigger a failure. Since the vulnerable part is already people who are 80+ and with ongoing diseases, you can easily classify the death as natural, so we desperately need that.

After I see how the virus quickly spreading in the developed world, it's apparent that most of the asian countries lied big about the stats & counts like Cambodia, Vietnam and mildly Japan and Thailand.

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Posted in: WHO pandemic declaration won't change Tokyo Olympics plan: Suga See in context

This is not a national event, and you can't do this alone. It's an international event that needs everyone's participation.

If they continue to make hourly ignorant and apathetic answers; it will start to hurt the people suffering right now around the world.

At least they need to take a silent stance, otherwise Japan's reputation will hurt day-by-day and it's more important than money, something that you can't buy.

And if they lose the sympathie, we'll be seeing considerable amount boycotting countries.

Yes, we only experienced one olympics that cancelled in history, but we had also one that got boycotted that nobody remembers, in 1980.

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Posted in: Live music venues emerge as new coronavirus transmission sites See in context

@Jim Harper

Have you been to a town or city recently? They're full of kids and teenagers. Anyone who thinks they would spend all day at home just because the prime minister says so is a gullible fool. Half of the kids have had to go back to school because their parents work, and the other half are outside having fun with their friends.

Once again, Abe's plan is an unmitigated disaster.

The goal was to prevent the kids to stay in airless suffocating small classrooms, shoulder to shoulder with each other.

There is no harm that kids are outside, playing under fresh air or hanging around in the city without passing hours under the same roof.

This was the best action of Japan so far to prevent the accelaration of the spread.

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Posted in: Kobe woman, Nagoya Sagawa delivery man, JAL cabin attendant test positive for virus See in context

Addition to the possibility of the wide-spread of deadlier version in Italy.

Italians are making autopsy in the northern part to all of their recent deaths whom never had tested while alive , and adding them to their death counts if they are positive.

In Japan, we all know that nobody will do the same while they are not even testing alives.

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Posted in: Hokkaido turns into hotbed of coronavirus cases See in context

@taj

The woman's whose 16 year-old has a runny nose should chill out and treat it like a normal flu.

The death rates (by best estimates of current data) are lower than the 1918 "spanish" flu.

You are idiotically comparing all three year long statistics of spanish flu (which lasted three years) with one month of chinese coronavirus statistic.

We don't even know medically whether what harm has/will happened/happen to the patient's stories that didn't resolved with death. I or neither that woman can't chill out by considering future complications to the health of our kids. A pneumonia case that developed in early ages, may influence future respiratory health of a person in adulthood.

You can chill out for your family members.

This is not only death or being alive, we couldn't experience perfect recovery from this yet to compare statistically and scientifically with other diseases.

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

Before going to a hospital, people have been advised to first contact local healthcare centers if they develop a fever of 37.5 C or higher for at least four days. The period is shortened to two days for the elderly, those with chronic diseases, and pregnant women.

It's hard to understand this while we have the data of two crucial factors about this virus.

1) Although incubation period is long; after developing the fever and the virus reaches to lungs, the patient's condition is getting worse quickly and developing the pneumonia.

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

2) How you can let potential patient to spread the sickness for four more days while the worst thing about the virus is not the mortality rate, its his spread rate.

This stance is basically driving me crazy, and I am having serious trouble to understand the logic behind it from the medical perspective. This is the practice that Iran did based on its local reports, now we are witnessing the disaster at there.

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Posted in: China will defeat coronavirus, Xi tells Trump, as doctor's death sparks outcry See in context

Britain confirmed a third case in which the coronavirus was contracted after the individual concerned visited an Asian country other than China. The government did not identify the country but issued a list of places from which travellers who developed symptoms should isolate themselves, it said.

The list included Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand, as well as China.

Britain identified the country as Singapore. The mentioned individual only travelled via direct flight to Singapore and returned back to Britain.

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Posted in: Koizumi, wife have baby boy See in context

おめでとうございます。

As @ThonTaddeo said, naturally, the boy will be our future-prime minister for the years of 2060s and 70s.

Excellent that we have less problems to think about.

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Posted in: Japan's Nov current account surplus rises 75% on falling energy prices See in context

both exports and imports are plunged, but we have a positive headline, kyodo pushing the boundaries of positivism and polyanna attitude.

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Posted in: Mother arrested over death of newborn child See in context

If the story arc (plot) and dates are correct, the hospital worker should be also arrester over suspicion of unfulfillment of public duties.

Suspecting that, they just delay to investigate the process and hide to not to bother their "important" shogatsu holiday.

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Posted in: Lebanon issues travel ban for Ghosn See in context

@AviBajaj

all japan has to do is stop aid to lebanon just pay one year aid to mujahideen n ghosn walk till Japans prison

Wrong assumption.

There is no record of Japan aid to Lebanon since 2013, which was only USD 7.5million, possibly Ghosn's charities and Ghosn related investments are ten times more than Japan to Lebanon.

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Posted in: Abe cancels visit to Middle East amid tensions See in context

He cancelled the visit, update the news @moderator.

@cricky

Can see an urge coming on.

I bet, we'll see an urge within today :)

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Posted in: Gov't to buy island in Kagoshima Pref for U.S. military drills for ¥16 bil See in context

Unobserved detail by Z A Landers

The company owned the island actually did whatever it takes to not to sell the island for two years including changing its president.

Mage Island sale negotiations:

2018 - Govt proposes ¥4.5 bil. yen sale price; company says ¥40 bil.

Jan - Two parties agree on ¥16 bil.

May - Company, under new president, breaks off deal to pursue "another option" for development

Dec - Company agrees to sell for ¥16 bil.

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Posted in: Record 400 kg of cocaine seized at Kobe port See in context

The smugglers may have sent the cocaine to Kobe by mistake, possibly intending to deliver it to some other destination, the sources said without providing details.

This sentence is a joke right? Who do "the sources" trying to protect?

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Posted in: Q&A: The feud over Tokyo's Olympic marathon See in context

Saying that Olympics needs to be held on summer because of the tv networks and giving the example of NBC's 1 billion, is absolutely meaningless.

Now, we are in 2019, not in 1954 that the sports players are amateurishly playing only in Olympics once in a year.

There is Champions League, NBA, National League Associations, even the waterpolo champions league that the sport players making their earnings. Olympics are already tasting the down trend by spectators and players who earn more and find more excitement in its yearly leagues.

If you just change the season from summer to an another time, you will not find any high-quality player to participate in olympics, they will be rejecting to leave their organizations.

Then, we will be watching second class or amateur players on almost every team sports.

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Posted in: Nightclub files criminal complaint against Uruguay rugby players See in context

Actually they've been investigated by police on 14th of October, and been released at the same day.

There are footages that showing one player is tackling from behind to a bar staff upon a discussion.

I remember this news at the day of 17th October, was no additional story about DJ equipments and teddy bears, USD 9,000 damage at that time.

Now, above story made me feel like, more has been added without any proof with one-sided reports & claims, showing all the team as vandals after they left to their country and the cup got over.

I'd like to hear what happened, why they tackled the guy, and how they damaged the bar. There should be more footages than 1 second.

Isn't it?

If everything correct on this article, then why they get released at the day of 14th October, and how they fly back to their country one week later?

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Posted in: Gov't to urge male civil servants to take more than 1-month childcare leave See in context

lipservice

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Posted in: American ALT teacher fired from high school after exposing genitals See in context

incredibly & surprisingly detailed article for Japan

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Posted in: Koike again opposes plan to move Olympic marathon, walking race to Sapporo See in context

Koike's insist sounds to me like typical "omotenashi" , apathetic endless training program for guests until they obey fully voluntarily or involuntarily.

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Posted in: Heavy rain floods parts of Japan recovering from typhoons See in context

Rained hard all night in Kansai. All areas have evacuating places including schools and other buildings. You need to know your area.

If it's that straight-forward, how come we experience close to 100 death in the last disaster?

The strong typhoons are irresistible; accepting that with all my heart. However we lost most of these lifes because of the flood like a third-world country, it was not because of strong winds.

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Posted in: Tokyo eyes starting Olympic marathon at 3 a.m. to counter IOC plan to move race to Hokkaido See in context

Is this also part of omotenashi?

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Posted in: Heavy rain floods parts of Japan recovering from typhoons See in context

evacuate to where? did they show anywhere to go?

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Posted in: Turkey pushes offensive in Syria, despite sanctions and calls to stop See in context

This is called "Stab In The Back" ! The world should remember when you are volunteer being the puppet or mercenary of Uncle Sam, you should expect your doomsday is near! The Kurds were dreaming their "Kurdistan" or Kurdish state for sacrificing two generations of people since 1991 the uprising against Saddam!

And now this is the Turks who were manning US made tanks and warplanes bulldozing the fragile Kurdish state! This is nothing new, remember the "Republic of Vietnam" (South Vietnam) in 1975? Some people just don't learn from history and they were not a few nut a whole group of people! The Kurds deserve this, their pay back time, a sudden death warren signed by Donald Trump!

If it helps, since I've considerable knowledge regarding to the region, I'd like to give some historical/political background about Kurds and clarification to your misleading facts.

There are reasons that Kurds never get able to found a state in the history, the reason is that, they are heavily divided to sects and tribes, such as Shia Kurds that aligned with Iran, Sunni Kurds that aligned with arab sunni / Erdoganist / Muslim Brotherhood movements whether in Iraq or in Syria, Shafi Kurds that aligned with tribes or with IS, Nousairi Kurds that aligned with Assad and Alaouite Kurds that aligned with Ataturk's Turkey or radically aligned with Marxists movements since the cold war. So while calling Kurds, you are making an assumptions that really similar to call all arabs living in Jordan, Iraq, Syria, Bahrain as arabs and considering that they can live together, which is impossible!

Kurdish state that sacrificed his two generations against Saddam in 1991, has its own autonomous state in Iraq, happily sitting on oil-rich Mosul and Kirkuk cities, under the control of Sunni Kurdish Barzani family. Iraqi Kurds are mainly Sunni and never wanted to help to Syrian Kurds or never get involved to the ongoing war.

Shia Kurds continue to support whether Assad and Persians, automatically aligned with the regime force in the Syria war.

The Kurds that now we are talking about in this event, is PYD/SDF terror groups, marxists that has been heavily supported by Obama/Hillary period, and EU left-wing backed fighters, they had created their autonomous state in the city of Kobane, by appling obligatory army duty to civil people. Their Marxist world-view is makes it easy their alignement with Russians in any time in the near future, you can read the name of their organization is Kurdistan Workers Party in between the lines of articles.

As a result, this group that has been supported previously never had a capability to found a country for all Kurds because of their radical perspective, they were useful to fight with a radical group, because they are violent too, but they don't have potential to establish a constitutional state that will fit in world order; that's what U.S know.

There will be Kurdish state in the region but not with these guys.

So here above is the real facts about the region, doesn't contain any internal US politics that hardly can be seen in the media right now.

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Posted in: Turkey pushes offensive in Syria, despite sanctions and calls to stop See in context

@Norman Goodman, when speaking about Armenian genocide, we should talk about the role of Kurds whom is the predominant population on the region that Armenians left.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamidiye_(cavalry)

Mainly Sunni Kurdish cavalries that made actions such as mass murder, deportation and looting, their main motivation was to own the lands that Armenians left.

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Posted in: Money, hatred for the Kurds drives Turkey's Syrian fighters See in context

These same guys were America or so called civilized-world backed democracy fighters a week ago.

All the events passed in Syria for 7 years are total disgrace for the world and our civilization, putting all the blame in Turkey in a week is absolutely unfair also the amount of anti-Turkey propaganda in a week is disgusting and too suspicious for me. All this news have an aim to below plan.

There is an ongoing plan to create an autonomous Kurdistan in that region and all the parties already agreed for that new country including Turkey, however what they didn't agree is how this new country will be big, whether it will have a part in mediterranen coast of Syria or not, will there be frontieres with Federal Kurdish State of Iraq or not?

Turkey now has 3.6 million documented refugees (65% Sunni Arab, 20% Kurds 15% Christian Arab (Assyrian), Armenian and Yazidi) most of them came from the northern and north-western part of Syria. Turkish aim is to let them go back before foundation of Kurdistan and make them the part of the upcoming population referandum which will finalize the map at the end.

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Posted in: Naomi Osaka picks Japanese citizenship with eye on Olympics: NHK See in context

The only disappointment for me is, Naomi Osaka was the only person to start a discussion about this unnecessary archaic law in the mass-media, and create a pressure on japanese government to change the law or at least start a movement, she did none of them for the future of dual-citizenship holders and accept in total obedience silently.

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Posted in: Tokyo ranked world's safest city for 3rd consecutive year by EIU See in context

Here below there are there elements that they are evaluating inside fourteen factors while giving the score to each city:

Problem corruption and bribery

Worries being insulted

Worries being subject to an attack because of your skin colour, ethnic origin or religion

Of course Tokyo will score close to zero as danger, while other developed countries scoring high points. In Japan, above facts are not even crime :)

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