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

Rosalind Harris comments

Posted in: What’s behind Japan’s surprisingly low coronavirus numbers? See in context

Obviously nothing to do with the fact that they have barely tested anyone, and generally don't do autopsies.

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Posted in: Japan to set up coronavirus task force; no state of emergency yet See in context

Just after the Olympics were postponed? O: What a coincidence.

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Posted in: JAL to let female crew ditch high heels after #KuToo campaign See in context

Good. All companies should do the same. Heels are not only damaging to the wearer, but can be a safety hazard. No worker should be forced to wear them. Black slacks and flat black business shoes are just as professional.

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

Everyone I know is expecting a big jump in reported cases now the Olympics are postponed.

...Also worth noting, that although it seems to be a requirement for taking time off work or getting a COVID-19 test, you can have it without having a fever. Read a news story yesterday about a pregnant woman with difficulty breathing and fatigue who went to the hospital multiple times over a week and a half before they thought to test her for coronavirus because she had no fever. She was positive.

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Posted in: Echoes of Great Depression as Australian jobless queue for help See in context

So stupid that people have to show up in person to register for Centrelink. Also that website is a joke under normal circumstances. Hilariously, the government said that it didn't crash because of too many Australians trying to access it, but that is was a DDOS attack.

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Posted in: Warnings fail to stop Japanese crowds from viewing cherry blossoms See in context

Idiots. Like all the people in Australia on the beach, even with huge signs saying the beaches are closed.

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Posted in: Japan testing for coronavirus at fraction of capacity See in context

The lack of testing is ridiculous. I've had cough, fever, and extreme fatigue for several weeks now. Gone to the doctor many times, tried many different medicines, not getting better. Called the help line three times now. They just tell me to go back to the doctor and get medicine.

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Posted in: Australia declares emergency; invokes new powers to fight coronavirus See in context


I've never used the Australian embassy in a lifetime of travel, so I doubt I'll have to use it now. My only concern is not being able to go back to Australia (for a visit) further down the line. My job, apartment, savings etc. is all here in Japan. I don't know what I would be able to do in Australia except mooch off my parents.

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Posted in: Australia declares emergency; invokes new powers to fight coronavirus See in context

Don't know if this means I should go home? My life is in Japan, but the Japanese Government isn't exactly handling the situation well.

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Posted in: Sales tax cut emerging as option as gov't battles coronavirus fallout See in context

How are people supposed to buy anything when they have to stay home with no pay?

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

I haven’t seen any mention of it in the English media, but they’re only testing 1%-3% of people who contacted the help line because they have all the symptoms of COVID-19. So the numbers are definitely artificially low.

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Posted in: Coronavirus testing to be covered by national health insurance See in context

'Guidelines from the Health Ministry say people should get tested if they have cold-like symptoms, a fever of 37.5 Celsius, or experience extreme tiredness or breathing problems for four days or more. In the meantime, they should self-quarantine.'


As I and many others have said in these comments, even with those symptoms people have been refused testing. Many people in Japan don't have sick leave, so 'self-quarantine' means a big hit to your funds, or getting fired. My boss told me to that the week off as I have had all of those symptoms, and I don't know how I will pay my bills next month. /Still haven't been tested though.

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Posted in: Coronavirus temporary legislation likely to clear lower house on March 12 See in context

I hope that testing kits will become more available out here in ‘inaka’. I’ve had the symptoms and my boss just asked me to stay home for a week because my fever hasn’t broken. Haven’t been tested though.

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

I speak Japanese and my local health number was pretty damn useless. I have all the symptoms listed to look out for and they just told me I should go and get some medicine. Even though people have died here, they're only testing people with pneumonia, and I don't have pneumonia, so all okay, apparently. Too bad, so sad that I don't have paid sick leave.

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Posted in: Japan defends cautious approach on coronavirus testing as 7th death reported See in context

'Government guidelines say people should get tested if they have cold-like symptoms, a fever of 37.5 Celsius or extreme tiredness or breathing problems for four days or more. In the meantime, they should stay at home.'

I've had these symptoms, and through four trips to the doctor haven't been tested. Can't afford to stay at home.

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

I’ve been running a fever for the past five days or so with the necessary symptoms. I got sick from a Chinese tourist. Called the health line and they said I should go to the doctor and get some medicine. I have sinusitis but hey didn’t test me for the virus.

There are no masks available to buy here and I can’t afford to take more than a day off work because I’m a contractor with no sick leave.

Good times.

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Posted in: Japan confirms 14 more virus cases; school to be closed for 2 days See in context

I've been going to work with a cold for the past two weeks, and most of my students continue to work when they're sick too. Japan needs compulsory sick leave.

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

Does this mean I can get a day off for my cold? Ha

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Posted in: Conservatives submit ex-imperial member restoration proposal to Abe See in context

Oh yeah, god forbid any women take the throne. Also if they only use patrilineage, there is no guarantee they're even related. It's pretty easy to establish someone's mother, but for most of human history there was no sure way to establish someone's father.

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Posted in: Japan considers bringing part-timers into employee pension system See in context

Good. Companies should be forced to match the contributions of their part time and contract employees. We already pay, but companies don't.

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Posted in: Typhoon warning from NHK 'to all foreigners' causes controversy online See in context

I agree that it’s harder to read without kanji. The kanji required for this message are all low level too. Also seems kind of stupid because for people who can’t read Japanese because if you put it into a translate website it would get confused by the lack of kanji too.

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Posted in: Mental illness issues could make death penalty impossible for Kyoto Animation arsonist See in context

I'm against the death penalty. If he's mentally competent, life in prison. If he's not, life in a secure psychiatric facility.

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Posted in: Trump says Japan treats U.S. unfairly on trade by not taking more American cars See in context

I agree with BigYen. US made cars do not have a positive image. I hardly ever see them at home in Australia, either.

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Posted in: Passengers to be banned from carrying knives onto all trains in Japan from April See in context

I assume 'unpacked' means not in a box. I brought a set of cooking knives, still in the box, on the plane with me to Japan with no issues. I assume it would be the same if you bought a new set of cooking knives while on holiday and took them back with you on the train.

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Posted in: World Rugby advises teams to cover up tattoos at 2019 World Cup in Japan See in context

That's ridiculous. Japanese people know foreigners with tattoos are not yakuza. Like they know fellow Japanese with Western style tattoos are not yakuza. Most younger people don't even care. It's just outdated rules around onsen.

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Posted in: Threat of typhoons, earthquakes reality for 2020 Olympic planning See in context

...What in the world is Daylight Savings going to do? Changing the clocks by an hour isn't going to suddenly make it cooler.

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Posted in: 9 dead, 33 missing after M6.7 quake hits Hokkaido, knocks out power See in context

Still no power as of 3pm. Out for about 12 hours now. Seems most work and school was cancelled. No public transport running today either. It was crazy at the convenience store this morning with people stocking up on emergency supplies.

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Posted in: Typhoon death toll reaches 11; thousands being transported from Kansai airport See in context

Got woken up by the wind and rain around 2 or 3am up here in Hakodate. It was so loud, and I think the typhoon had been downgraded to a tropical storm by then. Must have been so scary down south,

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Posted in: Happy Halloween in September See in context

My local Seria had Halloween goods out straight after Obon vacation finished. ...I know because I bought a bunch of it. /I have to take advantage of the limited time to purchase so many cute ghost, black cat and bat goods.

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Posted in: Scorching heat continues for much of Japan See in context

Reasons why I don't want to leave Hokkaido in the summer.

/I'm confused why everyone is wondering why these people are 'swimming in their clothes'. They just look like they're wearing regular 'rashies' (or 'rash guards' for non Australians). Everyone at home wears them to avoid sunburn.

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