It always amazes me how quickly people forget the extremely low mortality rate of this virus.
-16 ( +6 / -22 )
"Protests show 'progress' on diversity"
If only they were "protests." These are hardly "protests" rather they are flat-out riots.
But he does have a point about diversity. Now, thanks to Antifa, we have soy-drinking weasels teaming up with BLM thugs smashing up businesses, looting, and shooting innocent people.
Yay for diversity!
-1 ( +8 / -9 )
When will this nonsense end?
Let me guess... when all viruses are completely eradicated from the planet? When there is absolutely zero risk of sickness or danger in our world?
I used to like ANA, but I will be writing to them to let them know they have lost a customer until they regain their senses.
-2 ( +4 / -6 )
This is news?
Aren't there more important issues to tackle in the world than this?
1 ( +1 / -0 )
If the government would have focused on protecting the elderly and those with comorbidities and let the rest of the folks just go on with life, these payments wouldn't be necessary.
The fact remains that this virus has a very low mortality rate (much less than 1%), so closing businesses and forcing everyone to "quarantine" only caused more problems like weakened immune systems and depression/alcoholism/spousal abuse/suicide.
Japan isn't the only country to react this way.
What a pity it is that the gullible populace believed this lie that suddenly nobody has an immune system in 2020.
-4 ( +0 / -4 )
The hotels are permitted to refuse guest if they suspect anything illegal or immoral like prostitution may be taking place.
So prostitution is "immoral" but two people cheating on their spouses is not?
0 ( +2 / -2 )
The fact that this makes news in Japan is quite amazing.
-14 ( +8 / -22 )
the new normal can't be the same as the old normal
I'm not going to allow fear mongers and sensationalist journalists create a "new normal" for me. What about restaurants, for example? Do you think a ramen shop that had ten tables to suit 20 customers is going to make it with only 5 tables because of some stupid "social distancing" rule? Of course they can't. Think of the repercussions just for the restaurant industry!
This whole corona virus thing has been hyped way out of proportion.
Killing an economy and causing loss of work, homelessness, physical abuse, depression and suicide over a disease with a mortality rate no bigger than the seasonal flu is absolutely unacceptable.
4 ( +9 / -5 )
Japanese people need to push back against this coronavirus hype.
The mortality rate is far lower than was originally reported and does not warrant shutting down the entire economy.
If Japan's economy wasn't in bad enough shape, the last thing it needs is a knee-jerk reaction to a virus that doesn't kill any more than the normal flu.
Don't let the fear-merchants in the media and government scare you into submission.
Stand up and demand to be allowed to work!
-2 ( +9 / -11 )
This is all about manipulation of the masses.
Exaggerate the severity of the "pandemic" to create fear to you can see how quickly the masses will give up their liberty in exchange for perceived "safety."
I've never seen anything like this.
The bottom line is this: how likely am I to do die from the coronavirus? Right? We've all had nasty flus and spent 10 days flat on our backs, but we got over them and went on with life.
But now the media has everybody in a frenzy with all these dramatic stories, but people aren't asking the most important question: how likely am I to do die from the coronavirus? Because most of us don't want to die prematurely.
So let's look at the numbers. Based on the coronavirus tracker stats at Johns Hopkins University of Medicine in the U.S., there are 9,787 officially reported cases of coronavirus infections in Japan, with 190 deaths. That means a mortality rate of 2.16% A little more than 2 in 100 chance of dying from coronavirus. Higher than the normal flu, but not like Ebola or other more deadly viruses.
But that is assuming these numbers are accurate, which they are likely not. Why? Because of the unreported cases, of which there are likely MANY. People who got the virus, had strong immune systems that fought it off, and recovered, often without even knowing they had it in the first place. Take the Stanford University Serology test that was recently conducted on 3,330 people in Santa Clara County, California. It showed that 3.3% of a randomly tested population had coronavirus antibodies, meaning they had likely been exposed and developed immunity to it. But Santa Clara County only had 1,833 reported cases of coronavirus, in a county of 1.9 million people! If this 3.3% number was applied to 1.9 million people in the county, 63,000 could potentially have been exposed to and developed antibodies to the virus. But how many people have died of the coronavirus in Santa Clara County? 78! Which, when divided into 63,000, you get a mortality rate of .1% (0.0012). In other words IF YOU GET THE VIRUS, you have a 1 in 1,000 chance of dying. If you were to do the same math against the whole U.S. population, your chances of dying from the coronavirus is
So the number of people who've contracted coronavirus is the wild card. We basically know how many have died from coronavirus (although these numbers may actually be overreported). If far more have or have had the virus than the official stats suggest, then the chances of dying from this are EXTREMELY LOW, possibly similar to or lower than the seasonal flu.
So why shut down the entire economy, destroy the livelihood of hundreds of thousands of people when you have a 1 in 1,000 chance of dying from this if you catch it? What about all the millions who won't ever catch it? This is nothing more than manipulation of the masses.
The Japanese went through enough with 3/11. Let's not make this bigger than what it really is!
-4 ( +3 / -7 )
Tests were not being conducted because the government knew that if they did the number of infected would spike tremendously, seriously damaging the possibility of holding the Olympics.
So they basically didn't take the necessary action to keep it from further spreading all to save the Olympics.
Why didn't they make the decision to postpone until next year earlier? By doing so, and starting prompt testing they could have prevented a lot more infection and death.
3 ( +3 / -0 )
I haven't had time to read all the comments, so pardon me if someone else has made a similar comment.
I believe that the government in Japan is prioritizing the Olympics over the safety of its citizens. Sure, canceling the Olympics would have a devastating impact on the economy, but hiding the rate of infection in order to not derail the Olympics is incredibly irresponsible.
I hope I am wrong, but I believe the rate of infection is far bigger than the government would have us think.
0 ( +1 / -1 )
Trump declared the coronavirus outbreak a National Emergency 5 times faster than Barack did for the H1N1 breakout.
Don't give me this nonsense that he is doing a poor job.
He could singlehandedly cure coronavirus and the media would find fault, simply because they hate him.
How pitiful the so-called journalists have become.
-15 ( +5 / -20 )
said "that took long enough huh?"
I'll take 43 days to declare a National Emergency, as Trump did in the case of COVID-19, over the 225 days it took the previous President to declare the same National Emergency when H1N1 broke out in 2009-2010.
Incidentally, 12,469 Americans died due to the H1N1 flu and 60.8 million were infected. Compare those numbers to what we have seen so far with COVID-19 and it becomes crystal clear that the media is doing everything they can to criticize Trump when he has done the best he can.
-6 ( +2 / -8 )
I bet these companies do not like in the least their names being associated with this virus.
Knowing the knee-jerk overreactions which are common in Japan, I don't see anything but damage being done to Sagawa and JAL's respective businesses.
But it gets even worse when it comes to identities of infected individuals being found out. I saw an interview with an infected American man being quarantined in Nebraska in which he said he and his infected wife have been receiving death threats via social media. That is beyond ridiculous in my opinion. First of all, these people didn't willingly go out seeking the virus nor have they have willingly spread it to others. Secondly, it is not as though it is an automatic death sentence if you contract the virus.
It seems as though a lot more common sense is needed.
3 ( +3 / -0 )
American President Trump has endured constant attacks from the beginning, and it is clear that is all motivated by hatred for the man who they can't fit into the proper box.
He drives the left, the establishment, and the media crazy because they can't control him, and they are terrified he might throw a wrench in their corruption gig.
And I thought the media in Japan was untrustworthy! CNN, MSNBC, CBS, PBS... virtually all of the so-called "news" outlets in the U.S. are marching lock, stock and barrel with the DNC. It's as obvious as it can get. They are cheerleaders for the left, not journalists.
I think 4 more years of Donald Trump will be great for the U.S. as well as the world.
Then, Donald Trump, Jr. can serve as President for the next 8 years after that.
I think it's going to be a good run!
-4 ( +4 / -8 )
It is absurd that someone who wants to receive therapy for same sex attraction cannot receive it. This assertion that all methods of therapy are "ineffective" or "harmful" is completely false as there are many examples of people who once practiced homosexuality now living in a heterosexual relationship.
It is obvious that the LGBTQ community feels the need to gain acceptance by increasing the numbers of those in their camp, so of course they would adamantly oppose treatment that might decrease their numbers.
If these laws are passed to block "conversion" therapy, what stops similar legislation that would prevent people from receiving therapy for a myriad of emotional/psychological disorders?
And frankly, this name "conversion" therapy is misleading with its subtle reference to religion. It really should be called "reversion" therapy.
-5 ( +1 / -6 )
The Dems are acting like children who didn't get their way in the 2016 election.
I wonder how they are going to act when Trump steam rolls his way to another election victory in 2020.
Can't wait to watch!
2 ( +3 / -1 )
For all the people who fell asleep in civics class...
1: There are 3,141 counties in the United States. Trump won 2,626 of them. Clinton won 487.
2: There are 62 counties in New York State. Trump won 46 of them. Clinton won 16.
3: Clinton won the popular vote by approx. 1.5 million votes.
4: In the 5 counties that encompass NYC, (Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Richmond & Queens) Clinton received well over 2 million more votes than Trump. (Clinton only won 4 of these counties; Trump won Richmond) Therefore these 5 counties alone, more than accounted for Clinton winning the popular vote of the entire country.
5: These 5 counties comprise 319 square miles. The United States is comprised of 3,797,000 square miles.
6: When you have a country that encompasses almost 4 million square miles of territory, it would be ludicrous to even suggest that the vote of those who inhabit a mere 319 square miles should dictate the outcome of a national election.
Large, densely populated Democrat cities (NYC, Chicago, LA, etc) don’t and shouldn’t speak for the rest of the country.
And this children, is WHY you have a Electoral College. It's a safety net so that EVERYONES vote counts.
1 ( +2 / -1 )
NYC and L.A. (and most other major cities) are largely Democratic.
They elect politicians who promise them all kinds of goodies and programs so they don't have to get off their rear ends and work. They are takers and not producers.
The producers of society must have an equal say in who their leaders will be, thus we have the Electoral College.
-1 ( +1 / -2 )
Just another example of why Trump is going to cruise to victory in 2020.
Americans are fed up with the lying media and dishonest tactics of the left.
First it was the baseless, disgusting attacks on Kavanaugh that failed to accomplish their goal.
Now, they put a liar on the stand. Whiff number two!
-1 ( +0 / -1 )
"Unfortunately, the GOP support base is made up almost entirely of uneducated and/or extremely racist bigots,..."
But has nothing whatsoever to base this on. Instead, he lobs insults from his rokujo room in between eikaiwa lessons.
0 ( +0 / -0 )
The media hate Trump because he has the nerve to call them out on their fake, exaggerated "news" stories regularly.
Then the CNN, MSNBC-hypnotized lemmings get on their anti-Trump horses, criticizing EVERYTHING he does, including paying his respect at a synagogue. How petty and child, but who's surprised by their hissy fit? Surely not me. Imagine if Trump didn't go to the synagogue. He'd be labeled a cold, heartless antisemite.
This is why the media has lost credibility and people are leaving the Democrat party in droves.
It's hilarious how all these "enlightened" types who make up the foreign community in Japan continue to parrot the CNN garbage.
The fact is that CNN can't accurately report news. Period. They are nothing more than a propaganda arm off the Democrat party, and that is one reason Hillary got her tail kicked in 2016. Millions of thinking Americans saw though this.
So keep up the dishonesty and hysteria so Trump can win 4 more years.
0 ( +0 / -0 )