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SauloJpn comments

Posted in: Japan aims to revive tourism industry by subsidizing people to go on vacation See in context

I expect these vouchers and discounts to get you thru the doors of the big souvenir shops and tour stop restaurants, meaning that even if the stuff they were half priced I wouldn't buy any of it anyway.

All I really need, to go travelling again, is the sense of safety that we had before and that is going to take some time to come back. I will stick to the local day trips for a while, that is once my so decides it is safe to step out of the house.

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Posted in: In Japan, pandemic brings outbreaks of bullying, ostracism See in context

This is really bad and it is happening all over Japan. People need to calm down. All I can think of is "I hope one day they will on the receiving side of some kind of bullying, maybe they will understand it and see how hurtful they were."

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Posted in: Japan begins distributing cash handouts for virus relief See in context

As a foreigner we will receive this money as long as we have a valid 3 months or longer resident visa. It says nothing about how long one has actually stayed in Japan, prior to the cash application date. I would expect a bit of trouble if someone just got here and was issued a visa within a few days of getting the cash, not only for the system update lag but also for the amount of scrutiny this will generate and all the paper work each cityhall will have to keep.

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Posted in: Essential workers taking risks despite harassment during virus crisis See in context

Biting the hand that feeds you, never ends well. The same people to mistreat these worker are the first ones to complain when there is no one left to serve them.

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Posted in: Tokyo launches coronavirus drive-through tests See in context

Nothing gets to the Japanese psych than to tell them that our friendly neighbor Korea, did something better. This fast testing has been shown on tv for weeks now but I am still waiting to see a working station in Japan.

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Posted in: Gov't waiting for Golden Week to decide on extending state of emergency See in context

Here go my two cents... Japan will probably see a good portion of the country lifting the "lockdown" where the numbers of new cases are significantly low and have it instated back again if there clusters of new infections start to show up.

Even if your prefecture lift the state of emergency, your local gov will urge people to be careful witch will lead to most people still live like it is in a state of lockdown.

I don't think Japan will be in a lockdown until there are no new cases, but as soon as the numbers of new cases seem manageable local govs will open up.

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Posted in: Q&A: How do I receive ¥100,000 from the government? See in context

This is a great help for struggling families, I hope this will reach the population soon. While I do advocate for financial security in form of savings, this crisis was too sudden and took all areas of the economy by surprise.

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Posted in: Over 210,000 hotel rooms secured to treat coronavirus patients See in context

Good option, used around the world to have a place to keep mild cases from infecting more people at home. Bonus points if these hotels are close to a fully equipped hospital to treat the patients if or when the symptoms become more serious.

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Posted in: 22-year-old mother arrested for strangling 9-day-old son See in context

This is just tragic! RIP little one! I can not imagine the pain this young mother will go thru once she realize the enormity of her crime.

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Posted in: Lawmaker expelled from party over hostess bar visit See in context

Moron! Isn't it suspected that quite a few cases of the "untraceable" cases of the virus were in adult establishments? The reason is that people would rather put more people in danger than tell the truth about their trips to the red light zone of Tokyo?

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Posted in: Parents arrested for abusing 3-year-old son See in context

This is just too evil! I hope they get a very long jail time.

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Posted in: Trains run as usual, some retailers shorten hours during state of emergency See in context

Sooo, NOT really different from last week. People were already asked to stay at home. Seems like this Declaration is more of a save face than a real measure to take down the virus infections.

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Posted in: Tokyo running out of beds and gear, medical staff say See in context

Can we please replace our PM with the Hokkaido governor Naomichi Suzuki? I think Hokkaido did a really good job with early and decisive measures that seemed to really do the trick in keeping the spread of the virus low.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 83 new coronavirus infections Monday; down 60 from Sunday See in context

How about comparing it to last Monday's numbers when it was only 13 after being over 40 for two consecutive days.

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Posted in: Private-sector advisers to Abe call for massive economic stimulus measures See in context

Yes, we are in for a long dark economic downturn. I have nightmares, literally, about paying everyone's wages. I do hope that these countermeasures are effective in speeding the economy back when all this is over!

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

How bad does it need to get before there is a lockdown? Do they understand that if the numbers really spike it is too late for the lockdown to do it's job?

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

Oh the wonders of actually testing people...

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Posted in: Guide to reduce virus risks issued for schools before reopening See in context

Reopening the schools next month sounds really stupid. The minister himself is saying that the situation is not better, as if anyone doubted that, so why reopen now? Is it because our numbers are not so frightening as are the numbers from Europe or Americas? Do we need to get to that point to start a serious quarantine? The point of a lock down is exactly not to go to those numbers!

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics in 2021 will be beacon of hope, says IOC See in context

Now, we will see if they were holding back on testing because of the summer games or not. I expect to see a bump in the reported cases of the virus.

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Posted in: 11-month-old boy dies after being bitten by two dogs See in context

OMG, RIP, little boy! I have a great dane and he is the sweetest but I never let him unguarded around kids or adults. We just never know.

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

This is the reason people need to go to the hospital multiple times until they get tested, spreading the virus way more than they should. I understand they rule out influenza first, but seems illogical to me to not find a reason for the fever and just send them home.

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Posted in: Doubts growing in Japan over Tokyo Olympics See in context

AkieToday  08:09 am JST

SauloJpn, correct. Logistic is challenging but Japan has the capability to build a network of surveillance, using hitech. Anyone from China and South Korea will be tested automatically for temperatures, and history of connection with virus carriers. Those arrive Japan directly will have the same test. If any doubt exist, then further test will be followed.

You just reaffirmed my point. How many people would like to endure that and all the uncertainties of traveling here for the games? Sure some people would but I think most people would not.

Can the Olympics be held in the scheduled dates? Sure.

Should the Olympics be held in the scheduled dates? No. Not if you want people and athletes to participate!

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Posted in: Doubts growing in Japan over Tokyo Olympics See in context

The logistics alone should make this summer games almost impossible. There are so many lock downs in the world now that makes traveling so difficult. Even if Japan is virus free by this summer it will take a lot o persuading to get people to come here for the Olympics.

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Posted in: Country trio The Dixie Chicks announce first album in 14 years See in context

Great. I am sure that they are not so ashamed for being from the same state as George Bush. If they take a look at how politics are right now they will be proud of President Bush.

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Posted in: S Korea protests over Japan's virus travel restrictions See in context

This article had to be at least a 6 weeks ago to be any comforting to Japan. A tad bit too late, I'm afraid.

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Posted in: Olympic torch relay to start as scheduled on March 26 See in context

"not to mention the fate of thousands of tourists" as of this week, there are dozens of countries around the world that will not allow anyone with recent travel history thru Japan to get in their country. I suppose this will be solved by summer but how will all the tourist know for sure. People would risk being quarantined going back home to watch the games?

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Posted in: Japan eyes emergency coronavirus legislation as infections rise See in context

It is difficult to foresee if draconian measures are really the answer to this corona virus, even though it seems like it is working well in China, since new cases have been dropping very quickly, it is still too early to tell.

Definitely, inaction by the government is not excusable but I would hate to see my freedom taken away. I would most likely obey if told to stay indoors if it is the best course of action but I can see how some of the people would not, and in that case the power to intervene might be necessary.

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Posted in: Abe says gov't ready to protect economy from coronavirus impact See in context

Just like in the past, when it is all said and done the Jgov will give every adult a 30k and tell people to spend it locally to help the small businesses. What a joke. A lot of people will be out of business of unemployed by then.

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Posted in: 'Where's Abe?' critics ask, as coronavirus spreads in Japan See in context

I, on the other hand, really do NOT want to see the prime minister or any other bureaucrat when they are addressing the spread of the virus. Instead could we please hear someone with actual knowledge in the field?

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Posted in: Gov't panel, responding to criticism, says cruise ship not designed to be hospital See in context

So, this was a really big screw up by the people in charge. I only wish we could expect them to learn from this experience but I don't think it is going to happen.

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