Rosalind Harris comments

Posted in: Tokyo's daily coronavirus infections hit new record of 243 See in context

A 13% positive rate is crazy. And they're still doing almost no tests. The number of actual infections must be so high.

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Posted in: Tokyo coronavirus cases hit record daily high of 224; 80% in their 20s, 30s See in context

I wish the government would declare a SoE again, just so that my workplace would take corona seriously. They're back to 'business as usual' because there's no state of emergency. Like... The virus just got up and left because it ended. Stupidity of the highest degree.

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Posted in: Women bear brunt of recession as pandemic unravels Abe's 'Womenomics' See in context

Japan is still a deeply sexist society, and companies don't want to offer full time permanent positions to women because they assume they are just working until they get married and or pregnant.

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Posted in: Japan to launch coronavirus contact tracking app next week See in context

Isn't this useless without testing?

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Posted in: Virus travel bans separate families even as restrictions ease See in context

My grandparents are 92 and 90 so I'm worried about them suddenly falling ill. I was supposed to visit them for a couple of weeks last month, but of course that didn't happen.

My home, job and money are all in Japan. I can't get stuck in Australia.

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Posted in: Japan to adopt selective, rather than blanket, approach in coronavirus tests See in context

Last week, my friend and mother in Australia were able to get tested within an hour of asking because they had cold or flu symptoms. The whole process took less than another hour. And they paid nothing.

I don't understand why Japan can't just test people showing symptoms. They don't have to test everybody. It's impossible to track the spread of the virus and predict potential clusters if they don't test.

The only lucky thing is that it seems Japan has a weaker strain which doesn't kill people as easily.

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Posted in: Japan OKs saliva-based tests for coronavirus detection; 34 new cases reported in Tokyo See in context

I'm sure they will also not actually use these newly approved tests too. They keep talking about how they've increased testing capacity... But continue to do next to no tests.

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Posted in: Suicide hotlines busy as coronavirus ravages economy See in context

I read that youth suicide was down in Japan recently because of school closures. I wouldn't be surprised if there's an uptick once they open again.

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Posted in: Okinawan governor seeks to back anti-hate laws with criminal punishment See in context

"protect group consensus, and avoid rocking the boat." Sadly, in Japan (as in many other countries), not rocking the boat includes being racist.

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Posted in: Japan set to fully lift coronavirus emergency in Tokyo, 4 other prefectures See in context

I don't have any problem with checking fruit and vegetables, but this whole time, elderly people in my area seem to not care about the coronavirus at all. Many not wearing masks, coughing and sneezing everywhere, standing really close (too close for normal circumstances), and several times when people have been social distancing in line, an elderly person will come and stand in the gap. :|

Usually I don't mind that old people don't give a crap, but now it's a little...

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Posted in: Delivery of 'Abenomasks' starts in 34 remaining prefectures See in context

Even in Hokkaido, one of the 'special measures' prefectures, and one of the few that still has a SoE, I haven't seen any sign of the things. And regular masks have started coming back into stock this past week, so it's useless now anyway.

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Posted in: Abe ends state of emergency in Osaka, Kyoto, Hyogo; Tokyo's may be lifted Monday See in context

I have pre-existing conditions, so I'm glad the SOE is continuing in Hokkaido, as it means I can work from home. I'm just a little worried about what the true situation here is as Hakodate is doing less than 1 test per day.

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Posted in: Business almost as usual in parts of Japan still under restriction See in context

That photo of the surfers looks terrible. Can't understand the appeal of crowded beaches.

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Posted in: As Japanese gov't slow-walks stimulus, small businesses fear collapse See in context

I know it's the Japanese government, so expecting them to use technology is a stretch, but this should be all online applications with direct debit. Enforces social distancing, can be approved without staff and would be much faster.

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Posted in: Has Japan dodged the coronavirus bullet? See in context

My city has no testing, no masks and no money. What a great, successful response! :D

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Posted in: Lengthy school closures may be fueling internet, game addiction See in context

I spent my Golden Week playing Animal Crossing with friends. It was... Relaxing. The horror!

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Posted in: Japan to revise criteria on symptoms for being tested for virus See in context

Changing the requirements for calling to consult isn't going to increase testing. Many people call the consultation lines and most are refused testing even if they have all the symptoms because they haven't been in contact with a 'confirmed case'. But they're not testing anyone, so there are almost no 'confirmed cases'. Hospitals here in Hakodate are refusing to test because they don't have the resources to deal with COVID patients. Ridiculous situation.

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Posted in: Cash handout program won't start soon in many cities See in context

Well, my rent is due in 3 days, so that's not particularly helpful. And who knows what will happen after this one time payment gets used up by paying 80%~ of my monthly bills.

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Posted in: Japan to introduce online system for reporting coronavirus See in context

An app probably isn't going to help if they still won't test people.

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Posted in: In cash-loving Japan, banks still busy despite coronavirus See in context

In Australia all bank cards come standard with contactless payment. When I first came here I was shocked at how useless Japanese bank cards are.

And it's not that difficult to adapt to. My grandmother has been using cashless methods of payment for nearly my whole life, and loves her iPad. She's 92. My 91 year old great aunt also only uses cashless payment, and has a smartphone. It's not about age, it's about willingness to learn and adapt to new things.

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Posted in: Stimulus steps cannot easily buoy coronavirus-hit economy: Abe See in context

I'm on forced unpaid time off, and the ammount of pay I've lost thanks to coronavirus is much more than ¥100,000. The only reason I'm able to pay my bills and buy food is because I got a loan from my mother, who thankfully has been able to keep working at home.

I think stimulus could at least help with the whole not becoming homeless and starving thing.

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Posted in: Universities to help subsidize students' costs for online learning See in context

I'm just hoping the universities will pay us for all the extra prep time we're having to put into classes.

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Posted in: Bullet trains, expressways, airports deserted ahead of Golden Week See in context

Good. Sadly my coworker is an anti-science idiot who’s traveling when we were told not to. But it’s okay, because he doesn’t believe in going to the doctor, so he’ll be fine. :|

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Posted in: Experts call for more coronavirus tests as positive rate rises See in context

Hakodate hasn't even tested 100 people out of the population of 200,000. The hospitals can't handle the more rigorous standards of care for corona so they're just full if untested pneumonia patients.

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Posted in: Osaka mayor under fire for saying women dawdle at shops See in context

Not to be ageist, but it seems to be mostly retirees who are always taking ages at the supermarket. My Japanese friends complain about it too. I understand that they're not in a hurry to go somewhere, and it's an opportunity to socialise. Normally that's fine (if a little irritating when they block the aisles just standing around), but now isn't really the time.

I don't want to be stuck in a grocery store for more than 15 minutes on a good day.

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Posted in: If you haven't already been tested for the coronavirus, do you wish to be? See in context

I'm pretty sure I already had it when I was sick as a dog in February. Would at least like an antibody test if they develop an accurate one.

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Posted in: Demand for sewing machines jumps on rise in DIY face masks See in context

I think it's good for my local sewing shops. I already sew as a hobby, and often when I go to the shop I'm the only customer. But recently there are a lot of people asking about sewing masks and buying mask-making supplies. They had a display of mask patterns, gauze fabrics, and on the checkout counter a display of mask elastic and nose wires.

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Posted in: Australians told restrictions must stay even as new virus infections slow See in context

No one I know is downloading that app. Even the technologically incompetent can see that allowing the government free reign to harvest your data and track your movements isn't a smart move. There aren't any protections in place at home to stop the government doing whatever they want with that information.

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Posted in: As coronavirus infections mount, Japan at last expands testing See in context

Finally. Myself and many others I know had all the symptoms but couldn’t access a test because we hadn’t (knowingly) been in contact with a patient, or didn’t have pneumonia. My city hasn’t even tested 100 people this year and they brag about how few cases we have. Ridiculous.

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Posted in: Abe again urges people to stay home to stop virus spreading See in context

My city has only tested 58 people total, so we have no idea what the real situation is. We all still have to go to work because there's not enough government support. Just open the windows. .ー.

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