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

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Posted in: Koike calls for fewer outings; says state of emergency up to PM See in context

Since Japan is not massively testing for the virus.... we need to lock the country down until after golden week. Only absolutely necessary stores, businesses and institutions should be open. The pain we bear now will bear dividends later.

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Posted in: N Korea fires two short-range ballistic missiles into Sea of Japan See in context

A child crying for attention.

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Posted in: Tokyo confirms 63 new coronavirus cases, a record daily increase See in context

We need testing. We need to identify those that are the walking spreaders of the virus. At this point the only people they're identifying seem to be those that have become visibly ill from the virus. When will massive testing begin?

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Posted in: Japan, spared mass outbreak so far, now sees national crisis after Tokyo surge See in context

The newest catch word "overshoot". They've been using this word like it is some sort of justification to do practically nothing. But when you're fighting something.... isn't it better to "overshoot" and solve the problem? They say they've been making calculated moves in order to save the economy and Olympics, when actually they were woefully unprepared in the first place. Look at the number of people Hospitalized and the number of people found with the virus. To me the telling ratio would be the number of people hospitalized versus the number infected. Does anyone have that figure.... can't find it?

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Posted in: Japan, spared mass outbreak so far, now sees national crisis after Tokyo surge See in context

This is Japan.... the crap won't hit the fan. Hardly anyone ever questions the Government and its actions. You want to know why South Korea has done a great job containing this virus? Because in S. Korea, if the Government didn't do everything it could, it would absolutely hit the fan. They'd be protesting up and down the country. I often think the S. Korean's are protest crazy.... but in this case, it has served them well.

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Posted in: Japan, spared mass outbreak so far, now sees national crisis after Tokyo surge See in context

In the news they were saying that many of the new cases were from Japanese returning from overseas trips. Why were they letting people back in without testing them first? It is not like they didn't know about this weeks ago. They only have themselves to blame. S. Korea has done a much better job than Japan at containing this virus. They went out and tested massively right away.... Japan, there are no figures on how many people have been tested.... because so very few have and it would be embarrassing to admit it.

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Posted in: Online gaming booms as virus lockdowns keep millions at home See in context

I've seen plenty of used Mah Jong games for sale at those 2nd hand stores.... myself, I bought a Cribbage Board. If the internet were to go down it will back to manual style "analog", type games.

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

The day after the Olympics were postponed, for some reason the number of cases skyrocketed. Hmmmm.

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Posted in: Experts warn Japanese growing complacent of coronavirus risk See in context

It is all part of being Japanese.... you're expected to take one for the team sometimes. It is all for the overall survival of the race in a harmonious manner.

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Posted in: Police officer arrested for filming up girl’s dress See in context

Good to see things are getting back to normal.

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Posted in: More Americans think U.S.-Japan relations improved under Trump: poll See in context

Yes... and most voting Americans voted for Trump, so you can see how wrong these people can be.

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

We need millions of test kits, everyone does. The only way to identify and isolate this is with massive testing.

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Posted in: Fukushima brewers look to push sake globally See in context

Great timing for that.

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Posted in: Abe says no need yet for emergency declaration; Tokyo Olympics still on See in context

Japan should ban all unnecessary travel abroad. It should require all those coming to Japan to be tested before they can leave the airport. It should ban all unnecessary travel out of one's area in Japan unless tested first. Only shipping, delivery and grocery stores should be open. They need to go hard on this if they want to beat it.

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Posted in: Some Japanese fret more over economy and virus than Olympics See in context

One "silver lining", kids.... they're out and about playing everywhere in my area. It appears they have loads of time on their hands and are enjoying themselves. It reminds me of when I was young in the USA and enjoyed long summers... loads of free time with nothing to do other than get inventive and try to find something fun to do that did not cost money. I'm happy the kids are having this freedom and are enjoying themselves.

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Posted in: Trump first foreign leader to call for postponing Tokyo Olympics See in context

So when asked about what he thought regarding the Olympics.... "Maybe they postpone it for a year", was the answer. Never occurred to him to say "well that is a decision for Japan to make". He is so used to adding his "two cents" regarding everything, without really thinking anything through, that he just naturally answered the question.

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Posted in: SoftBank's Son criticized for offering free coronavirus tests See in context

He'll probably borrow even more money to do it. Softbank is in debt up to its ears... this is a publicity ploy more than anything.

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Posted in: Kelly: Ghosn's second-in-charge, now first in firing line See in context

Ultimately Kelly's bank accounts and assets should be his proof. Although.... one line made me wonder, not sure if it was a direct quote though. He said "I did not do anything wrong in Japan". Which, of course makes me wonder if he did anything wrong outside of Japan.

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Posted in: Takeda Pharmaceutical says it is developing coronavirus drug See in context

What a kind and benevolent company Takeda is.

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Posted in: Japan pushes to remove Fukushima references from U.N. exhibition See in context

The Fukushima disaster was man made as much as it was the result of a natural forces. I don't know about you but I lose a lot of respect for Japan when they try to whitewash anything negative about them and their country.

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

If you're that clueless that you can't find information.... then you probably shouldn't be here. And.... far too many people believe they should be "spoon fed" on the governments dime. Again... those people shouldn't be here either.

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Posted in: Transportation, tourism sectors hit hard by virus outbreak See in context

So the question is.... will the Government throw tax money to needy businesses or will they let things take a more natural course? Everyone talks about "change". Getting away from the "lifetime employment" system and go more for "merit" based. The same goes for any business that is given money to survive. It is the same as "lifetime employment". For every company that goes out of business it opens up more opportunity for existing and new businesses. But that is not how it works in Japan.... instead they'll draw up a nice "Stimulus Package".... one that includes some "presents" and they'll dole out the cash to keep things on an even keel. A very well managed economy that is surviving mainly by writing "rubber checks". Just issue a few Trillion JGBs.

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Posted in: Store shelves stripped of toilet paper amid coronavirus fears See in context

Damn..... glad I stocked up on cheap cotton towels from the local Fitness Center. Might have to do it the "old way". You know, all the old homes in the USA, one's built before 1950, used to have big two basin sinks in the basement or elsewhere.... they were mainly used to do the laundry washboard style, with cotton diapers included.

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Posted in: Virus to cost world tourism at least $22 bil: global tourism body See in context

And that is just the tourism portion of this virus. We are already seeing very low patronage at Restaurants and Bars in Tokyo.... places were the regular "Taro" would go. The numbers there could prove quite devastating and will hurt the overall economy.

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Posted in: Parents' lawsuit accuses Japan of double standard on child 'abductions' See in context

There are two major issues that I hate about Japan.... parental abduction and the lengthy detainment by police. I live here and I like it a lot.... but I'd be happier if these very unfair problems were properly addressed.

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Posted in: Man arrested for killing wife with sword See in context

So he was arrested for killing her with a "sword"..... maybe he should have used something else.

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Posted in: World's oldest man dies in Japan at 112 See in context

The Oldest man is dead.... long live the Oldest man!

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Posted in: U.S. raises travel alert to Japan due to 'community spread' of virus See in context

You can and you can't "stop all flights". There are a lot of people from Japan living, studying and working in the USA and the same would go for American's in Japan. They should start first with trying to reduce all unnecessary travel and then work from there. Raising the Travel Alert is the first step and it is a good one. I mentioned this yesterday but I think it is worth saying again..... crack open the windows a bit on trains where that can be done but keep the heat on.... or even AC as it gets warmer. I'd rather put up with a bit of cold / warmth with a breeze than a completely closed and possibly contaminated rail car.

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Posted in: Outbreak, economic ills dim luster of Japan's Olympic year See in context

No doubt that we should all try to stay out of tight spaces where there are many people.... but doing that in Tokyo is almost impossible. Obviously the train situation is the worst.... I think they should allow the windows to be opened slightly in the front and rear of each rail car. This way fresh air can stream through the rail car and possibly reduce the amount of contaminated human exhaust that would normally stagnate in the rail car itself.

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Posted in: Japanese restaurant in Paris vandalized with 'coronavirus' graffiti See in context

Just goes to show you..... Dumb has no Borders.

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