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Posted in: Japan's daily COVID-19 cases top 30,000, setting new record See in context

With Omicron now widely circulating throughout Japan, the continuation of preventing foreigners from entering the country is no longer a health measure, but clearly political point-scoring. Kishida and the LDP punishing foreign students, workers and family of Japanese nationals for popularity's sake is a disgrace, but sadly not a surprise.

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Posted in: Japan must co-exist with virus while achieving growth, says minister See in context


Tax payers funding of a country club for the dunce kids of the super-rich?

That already exists. It's called the LDP.

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Posted in: Arson suspected after 24 confirmed dead in Osaka clinic fire See in context

This building also hosts an English Conversation School at a lower floor.

What does this piece of information have to do with anything?

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 29 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 175 See in context

If Omicron is here it increases exponentially.

Here's hoping. With one death so far, it's safe to say that Omicron is not a major threat to society. The sooner it spreads throughout the population and pointless measures such as border closures are eliminated, the better.

I concur.

Also, with another recent article stating how Japanese have evolved to have a superior tolerance to coronaviruses. Why are they worried at all about opening their borders to the world?

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 24 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 144 See in context


Omicron has already entered Japan. Several times.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 13 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 120 See in context

Omicron is already here, there and everywhere. If a country's hospital network is not stretched, they should be letting in anyone who is vaccinated and has tested negative.

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Posted in: Japan confirms 8 more cases of Omicron variant infection See in context

So it's pretty widely established now that while highly transmissible, and more evasive of vaccines, Omicron is not as deadly as previous variants.

The world, and particularly Japan, must continue to move forward and open up.

They cannot stay closed forever, and if they're now as prepared as they say they are with hospital capacity, it should be sooner rather than later. There is no rhyme or reason behind continuing to delay.

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Posted in: Japan will no longer allow foreign students to buy duty-free goods See in context

Like as if that’s a big big problem in Japan right now and should be on national news.

Yeah, this does reek of the LNP thinking: 'Just in case Japanese citizens were getting wind that our current practice of locking out students is inhumane, here, look at the kind of shady stuff they've been up to. Don't feel bad for them.'

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 14 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 145 See in context

Japan must be loving this new variant. The perfect excuse to stay nice and insular.

I do look forward to travelling there again though when they finally open the border in a decade from now.

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Posted in: Japan to restrict travel from S Africa, 5 other countries over variant See in context

This will just act as an excuse for Japan to prolong the reopening of their borders more broadly.

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Posted in: Metal bottle falls from U.S. Marine Osprey onto residence in Okinawa See in context

The US military has a history of treating foreign soil as their dumping grounds.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 5 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 77 See in context

Jeez, you feel if they don't have a look at opening the border with these numbers then they never will.

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Posted in: Australia to re-open borders to students, workers, vaccinated citizens of Japan, S Korea See in context


You've been able to visit Australia since November 1st.

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Posted in: Efforts to revive tourism expand to free bullet train rides for kids See in context

They'll really try anything except letting international visitors return to help with the economic rebuild.

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Posted in: Comiket will require proof of coronavirus vaccination or PCR test results for admission See in context

Sorry if I missed it, but where in the article does it confirm what the headline states?

I see the good old "request" line trotted out from event organisers, but where's the requirement that the headline mentions?

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Posted in: Over 90% of major Japanese cities to finish COVID vaccine rollout by Nov See in context


At least Japan still gives people a choice! Viva choice! Viva Japan!

if they are young and healthy why take the risk with these unproven technology vaccines??

Every country has the choice, name me a country that is forcing the vaccine into people's arms?

The unproven technology you refer to has been around for decades.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 21 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 162 See in context

The majority of the First World has awakened from its pandemic hibernation and is interacting again. Japan is once again lagging under the guise of "safety".

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Posted in: Western Australia sets 90% vaccination target for reopening See in context


No idea why they want to push the vaccine when covid essentially doesn't exist there. For some reason their hospitals are filling up now as for other things, quite possibly because of a backlog from the ludicrously unnecessary lockdowns

Spoken like someone who truly has no idea of the Australian situation. There are no lockdowns in WA. Public hospital backlogs have been an issue Australia-wide even before the pandemic.

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Posted in: Japan to ease quarantine rule to 3 days for business travelers See in context


Note to all potential business travellers to Japan: Stay home and use the phone or Zoom a meeting.

Why? If you're fully-vaccinated and tested negative on arrival, why would you have to behave any different to Japanese residents?

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 18 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 221 See in context

Now for a timeline on letting vaccinated travellers return.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 23 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 287 See in context

If Japan cares at all about its international standing, it really should consider opening its borders for fully vaccinated and tested travellers in the weeks after the election.

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Posted in: Tokyo's Imperial Hotel unveils new design for main building See in context

I actually like it. It could be though that compared to all the ugly crap that the Melbourne skyline has dished up in the past decade anything slightly creative stands out.

That and I do have a thing for stepped designs.

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Posted in: Japan keeps tourism freeze despite plunge in virus cases See in context

Throwing the borders open for a tourist free-for-all at this stage wouldn't be wise, I don't think anyone would disagree. But for similarly vaccinated countries (say around the 80% mark) the option of opening travel routes with Japan should at least be being talked about. If this method was adopted, along with current requirement of still requiring proof of vaccination and a negative test result to enter, the risk of a foreign traveller catching/transmitting Covid would be less than a local.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 36 coronavirus cases See in context

@klausdorth Referencing "my area" constantly without specifying where exactly that is, is honestly pretty useless commentary in a public forum.

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Posted in: Japan institute to receive int'l scholars as exception to COVID rules See in context

@Seth M

*And with how terrible the outside world at containing the virus, it's only logical to shut the border until they get it together. Or until an actual effective drug is developed, not these halfa* vaccines

Those "half-assed*" vaccines are the very reason Japan is in the position they're in.

Also, there are many other countries in the region that are containing the virus in a comparable way to Japan.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 29 coronavirus cases See in context

The November/December period will hopefully see Japan follow the lead of countries with similarly vaccinated populations by announcing the reopening of international borders.

Fully-vaccinated travellers who test negative before, and after, arrival are no more a threat than someone living in Japan an at this point.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 49 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 369 See in context

If this trend in numbers holds, there really should be no excuse for Japan not to begin opening international borders again soon. Many other countries in the region will be approaching normal international travel around November/December, I can only hope Japanese officials are working on reciprocating (with any and all safety measures in place, of course).

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 2,539 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 16,738 See in context

If anyone thinks these fluctuating daily numbers are to give you a complete picture of the direction this wave is heading, you're kidding yourself.

I'll ask the question I've been asking since last year, why is Tokyo not testing, at the very least, TRIPLE what they are currently on a daily basis?

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Posted in: Suga asks Pfizer CEO to bring forward COVID-19 delivery amid shortage See in context

Be thankful that things are slow. You will find out in the near future.

Oh wow, a time traveller! Can you give me next week's lottery numbers.

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Posted in: Japan births hit new record low in 2020 See in context


I’m pretty sure I read this news ... about 69 times since 2021 started.


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