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Posted in: 44-year-old man arrested after paying minor for sex See in context

Naturally, the girl was totally innocent and had no idea what kind of transaction she was entering into.

Irrelevant. The adult in the equation should know better.

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Posted in: Man arrested for indecent behavior with high school girl See in context

I find the victim-blaming in the comments to be equally creepy.

This post especially:

Either way. 17 is more than old enough to know what you are doing, why you are doing it, and which handbag you're going to spend it on

The man's a pedophile. That's all that matters. Now punish him appropriately so that it stops happening with such frequency here, because it's exhausting and depressing. We read new cases of pedophile behavior every single day here. The offenders admit to it because they know they're only getting a slap on the wrist in punishment. There's a real problem that needs to be addressed here.

And a sexual offenders list needs to be created in Japan, as well.

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Posted in: Man arrested for molesting elementary school girl in bookstore See in context

With such a lack of mental health support in the country, I feel worried for this poor girl.

The degenerate criminal is a disgusting pig. Even if the society does perpetuate infantilization of women and porn featuring children or people appearing to be children, he doesn't get to use the excuse that he couldn't help himself. Really wish there was a Chris Hanson over here. Though I suppose, he'd have no time to sleep with how many predators he'd be catching. Feels like every single day there's new news about some pig proudly doing this...

I think if Japan is worried about its birth problem, it needs to start considering serious mental health services for the people who survive this kind of horrid crime (of which there are too many) and to prevent the kind of monsters committing the crime from from doing it and thinking the excuse of "being turned on" by the victim, especially a child, is in any way acceptable.

Also, while I am sure many of the nasty dudes doing this are a range of ages, I find it sad that so many of the younger generation are doing it. Doesn't feel very hopeful for when they become the jiji of the country.....Alas. Please change, Japan.

Please protect your children.

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Posted in: Gov't policy to only hospitalize critical COVID patients draws flak See in context

Despicable, yet nothing new.

In reality, from the beginning, all the people actually infected with COVID-19 but refused PCR tests and hospitalization after a surge in severe symptoms have already been dealing with this since the pandemic first started in Japan.

I am one of those people. I still think back on my own experience with deep anger at the injustice. Especially when I found out how many others had gone through the same.

I'm amazed that it's only now, when it's being said out loud, that it draws flack. It should have done so from the beginning, when people in need of help were turned away and left to either survive or die at home.

But I guess better late than never for people to be angry about this injustice.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports record high 3,865 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 10,699 See in context


How often must it be be explained.

The reason testing is so low in Japan is because to be tested one has to present with quite a list of symptoms and provide a good reason as to having come into close contact with someone else that has covid.

Well said.

The fact of the matter is, even those of us who had all the symptoms and got dreadfully sick after using a confirmed cluster infection spot were refused testing.

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Posted in: Man arrested for sexually assaulting woman as she slept in her apartment See in context


Totally. I've woken up after a big night out with my front door wide open still.

I mean, it's totally plausible. I've forgotten to lock the door sometimes just from sheer exhaustion. Being blackout drunk would explain both her not waking really waking up when it happened and the unlocked front door. I'm wondering if he'd been following her and knew she would be incapacitated enough to be incapable of fighting off his attack or calling for help.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports record 3,177 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 9,576 See in context


The long-lasting health problems that come with it are even more worrying.

Thank you for this. I don't understand what people don't get about this.

The worst part is that if you do end up with long-hauler symptoms here in Japan, because you're not likely to have been tested for the virus here, you will forever be medically gaslit and told, "It's all in your head" while you struggle through the proven and very real ongoing symptoms after "recovering" from this thing. That's actually been almost as debilitating as the actual initial sickness itself and the lingering, debilitating aftereffects. What do you do when you're constantly fatigued or fainting or can't smell or taste anything? Not like Japanese companies are going to accept those excuses when they don't even see the validity of keeping their workers off of the overcrowded trains.

For the record, I was in my twenties when I very likely caught it, so seeing all these young people getting it and being told it's not going to be bad for them is pretty depressing. There's just no guarantee of that, and 1/3 of survivors end up with long-hauler symptoms. The chance of there being a debilitated generation of young people here after this pandemic is unfortunately higher than one might think.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports record 3,177 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 9,576 See in context

Sadly, they don't even test all people with symptoms that appear to be COVID.

I'm so tired of hearing from others in the long-hauler survivor group about how they were refused testing in Japan and told that they weren't likely to get a test, so should give up and get some bedrest.

I've said it before, but I went through the same hell at the beginning of this pandemic here. It's terrifying to think of what it would be like to catch it now when super-contagious strains are running rampant, and the medical system is even further on the brink of collapse.

If they won't test even people with clear symptoms, then there seems no hope that they would test for those who might be asymptomatic or so on.

Total failure to contain and trace this thing. These numbers are inevitable, and likely still only a fraction of the real numbers.

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Posted in: Man arrested for sexually assaulting woman as she slept in her apartment See in context

For the people wondering how she didn't wake up when it happened...

Isn't it possible she was drunk...? It would also explain why she might forget to lock her door.

Let's keep the attention on the sicko who thinks this is the way to show his "affection" for a woman.

Still can't get over how many dudes here think like that.

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Posted in: Man arrested for sexually assaulting woman as she slept in her apartment See in context

There suggests something really messed up in a society when "She was my type" is consistently used by offenders as an excuse.

I didn't realize it was acceptable in any way to sexually assault "one's type".

I'm not entirely sure what that says about society here, but I don't like it.

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Posted in: Tokyo hotel criticized for 'Japanese only' notice for elevator use See in context

For anyone who left a Google review for the hotel about the situation (of which there were many I saw earlier), they are now all gone.

I don't know how, but the hotel has managed to delete every single one of them...

This is a bit shocking. No real apology, and a cover-up to follow.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 369 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,884 See in context


As has been said and pointed out numerous times, no evidence is good enough for you, even though that URL they've shared clearly shows via the actual charts used by the media (not charts made by the authors themselves) how the counting of the numbers has changed.

Maybe take another look, if you're ready to leave your bubble?

Jake Adelstein is a part of that piece @blvtzpk, @Alfie, and @bokuda shared.

He is a renowned journalist in Japan and would never participate in something false or some conspiracy theory to ruin his excellent credibility. He's also been a wonderful champion for the Japanese people, so I have no doubt he participated in that article with the hopes of improving their situation, and the situation of all of us here. Stop making his job harder.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 235 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,278 See in context


No proof is ever going to be good enough for you people so afraid of the unfortunately hard reality.

Ashley and I both have been through the system upon getting sick with COVID here. We know exactly what goes on, and sadly, we know numerous others who have been through what we have, too.

The death rates are posted all over Japanese media, so you can see for yourself that they are at their highest recently (and these being only the ones actually tested and reported as COVID deaths).

The doctors and nurses are the ones saying there is no more room and that they are at their limit. Really, you can see all this on plenty of the articles here on JT and other Japanese news websites. Do your research and stop asking other members for proof that won't satisfy you anyway.

I admire the ability of some on this page to live in such happy delusion to think that the numbers posted each day are actually accurate and reflecting a genuine downward trend. Must be nice living in la-la-land. Tell the rest of us how to get there some time. But in the meantime, I suspect we'll be thinking logically and looking at what scientifically makes sense.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 471 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 2,643 See in context

They may be trying to hide the number of test numbers, but the @coronatokyonow account on Twitter thankfully updates with the numbers each day. I encourage Twitter users to follow them.

But if the PCR positive results posted each day are really from tests done two to three days before, that would mean the 417 positive cases announced today come from the 1,800 or so tests done on the 30th.

Incredible, and incredibly frustrating.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 969 new coronavirus cases; record high 529 in Hokkaido See in context


He was just extremely unlucky

He was unable to access medical care and treatment due to the overstressed health system. That is not just unlucky, and to act as if it was an immutable, inescapable whim of the universe is frankly offensive, negligent and makes you culpable.

Thank you for a kind and reasonable response to that drivel.

As another twenty-something who was left at the beginning of this pandemic to either die or survive it on my own, I wept for a few hours after hearing this young man's story. I know exactly what he mentally and physically must have been going through in that situation. It is beyond Hell. Ironically enough, "days of hell" was trending in Japan just yesterday, and that seems accurate here right now in a place where you can rely neither on testing and treatment nor a vaccine. (Did you hear about how they accidentally injected saline water into a bunch of people instead of the actual vaccine and shall now have to re-do all of them? The incompetence here is actually astounding.)

I am also curious about the 21 deaths reported in the 20-39 age range. I'm sure that will be kept hush-hush however. Olympics, after all.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 969 new coronavirus cases; record high 529 in Hokkaido See in context


^ The news about the young man (Japanese page).

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 969 new coronavirus cases; record high 529 in Hokkaido See in context

By the way, a young man in his twenties from Kyoto just died at home from pneumonia caused by COVID-19.

He had no underlying conditions and was in perfectly good health. Though he actually managed to get a PCR test and tested positive, there were no hospital beds available for him. So he was left to die at home.

I knew when I was sick that I would either survive it alone or die alone. I was fortunate enough to survive.

But for the past year, I have been sick with worry wondering how many others were and are silently suffering the way I did. And it makes me so angry thinking of the injustice and cruelty of how many young people will be left to try and survive on their own - and then if they do, end up with the long-hauler damage I'm also suffering.

Now it's happening, and yet nothing here is changing.

It's beyond horrific.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 969 new coronavirus cases; record high 529 in Hokkaido See in context


Kanagawa seems to be hiding behind the shadows of Tokyo and below everyones

radar. The numbers for Kanagawa have been super low for a very long time, considering

the proximity to Tokyo and the fact that a lot of people work in Tokyo and leave in Kanagawa

it beggars believe that the numbers can be that low. Last time I checked tests there were

below 4K.

Well they're doing better than Chiba, then.

One of the biggest prefectures in all of Japan, is well-known for bringing the flu into Tokyo every winter season, and yet we've been doing about 700 tests a day here. Anyway, the doctors here told me from the beginning that Chiba was simply not testing.

I'll never forget that: "Your best bet is Tokyo."

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Posted in: Two different Olympic scenes: Inside and outside the National Stadium See in context

American sprinter Justin Gatlin, who is trying to reach his fourth Olympics, said he felt safe competing in Tokyo. Gatlin won the 100 meters final in 10.24 seconds.

"I felt beyond safe," he said. "I've been tested every day."

Oh wonderful! So that's where our already-limited testing has been going - towards the athletes that have come over, not the local people. I wonder if their daily tests are counted in the overall number of tests each day, too.

What? No, nooo....I'm not angry. Of course I'm not. /sarcasm

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 708 new coronavirus cases; 847 in Osaka See in context

Most disturbing is how for the past few days, they have refused to publicly post the number of tests conducted in these articles.

While I realize we can likely (though not without a bit of digging) find them on the official COVID website, you can't possibly tell me that this isn't intentional. I bet seeing the ongoing and shamefully low number of tests next to the new number of positive cases is so damning, they're hoping people won't bother checking and making it more difficult to do so.

This is actually unreal.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 879 new coronavirus cases; 1,057 in Osaka See in context

By the way, anyone know the test numbers for the reported numbers in the article?

It's a bit ridiculous how they are not releasing them alongside the new case numbers anymore.

Again, the lack of transparency is transparent in and of itself...

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 879 new coronavirus cases; 1,057 in Osaka See in context


How can you know that?

Many of us have direct experience with the system and have been able to connect with others who experienced the same since the beginning of COVID-19. We haven't been shy about talking about our experiences in the comments, from what I've seen. People should know what it's like to get sick with COVID here during this time.

Gwylly shared an article with you, and on yesterday's article about the number of cases, someone else shared a few more of such articles, if you're curious.

At the end of the day, you have to expect that there is a high chance you will not be helped and will be left to survive on your own. Given how this thing tends to worsen very suddenly, regardless of age or former health of the person in question (though of course those with pre-existing conditions will have it even worse), the neglect of the medical care during this time is beyond frustrating. It feels like outright betrayal.

All for the sake of "keeping numbers low" and making it seem "less serious" for the Olympics.

That actually is unforgivable.

It also makes pulling 500 more nurses into the Olympics unreal, when there already would seem to not be enough to deal with even the current cases.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,050 new coronavirus cases; record-high 1,262 in Osaka See in context


Yeah and this case of the professor was worse in that he was judged by the phone operator to not have bad enough symptoms to warrant being referred to the official testing centre to get one of those gold plated PCR tests. So he was left to die.

A national enquiry should have ensured right then and there.

Indeed, it's downright criminal.

Maybe in my case one could argue I was refused because not as much was known about the virus as we know now. Even then, if you're claiming you're doing all you can to trace and contain, then it seems a pitiful excuse and an outright lie. But in the professor's case? We already knew there were far more symptoms than just the damned fever by that point, and yet he was left to die all the same - nothing has changed from the beginning.

Also "gold-plated PCR tests"....I love it!

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,050 new coronavirus cases; record-high 1,262 in Osaka See in context

@Happy Day

Ashley Shiba- are you saying people are dying from COVID at home because hospitals are refusing to treat them? That would be an utter disgrace. Though I cannot imagine a hospital would do that unless they run out of resources. That does not appear to be the case yet.

I believe that's what Ashley is trying to say.

When I was deathly ill with what was likely COVID-19, I was not only refused testing but repeatedly told to go home by all three hospitals I visited.

Even when I had to be taken by ambulance to the ER (I was in the ER twice over the course of a month) because I could barely walk or breathe, the doctors noted out loud how bad my condition was, but told me they couldn't test and/or admit me.

It's why even now I am extra careful, because I know the system has failed us, and it's very, very possible that you will not get the help you need if you get sick.

Look up the story of 高橋広夫 from Ishikawa-ken, as well. The poor man was only 42. He was left to die at home despite seeking help repeatedly, and they only found he was sick with COVID after he'd passed. His wife noted that if only they'd admitted him to the hospital, he could have been saved. I'm sure he's just one of many examples of those of us left to survive or die on our own without help or support.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,050 new coronavirus cases; record-high 1,262 in Osaka See in context

 It is very shameful, Japan being considered a developed country, however, when it comes to medical treatment a third world country and I can say this from personal experience.

Hear, hear, Ashley!

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 698 new coronavirus cases; 1,043 in Osaka See in context

LOL, the JT posters only believe the numbers when they are going up, if they are going down, then the numbers are bogus.

Actually, it's mostly because with a virus of this nature, that kind of sudden drop a day later makes no sense, is illogical and unlikely, and is far more likely indicative of a severe lack of testing on that day more than anything else.

That, and most of us know after the endless "rinse and repeat" of this ridiculous process for the past year and a half, that too many foolish people will see that drop in numbers and suddenly believe in magic. "The half-hearted SOE worked and it's safe to go out and not bother social-distancing again. Yay! Let's celebrate at the bar!"

For those of us who have been careful to "gaman" from the beginning, it is exhausting and seemingly endless because of these magic-believers.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 876 coronavirus cases; 1,097 in Osaka See in context

@Mr Kipling

Skipp.... you didn't think of going to a different hospital?

You sure are persistent.

I've already shared my story on here, so I don't want to bother doing it again.

February to March 2020, I went to three different hospitals over a course of fourteen visits.

I was in the ER twice during that time, taken by ambulance and so ill I was almost carried out by the emergency workers - two guys holding me up on either side to get to the ambulance.

So yes, I did think of going to a different hospital. No, they didn't/couldn't help.

I'm not going to keep indulging you after this. I'm sorry you're finding it so hard to believe. But maybe you should start doing so, because this is the reality for too many of those who get sick here. And however annoyed you're feeling about the thought, try actually living it. I guarantee it's a thousand times worse. Especially with a still-sick body and people like you who think it's all a joke.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 876 coronavirus cases; 1,097 in Osaka See in context

@Mr Kipling

I didn't get a real diagnosis. I was told again and again, "Wow, you're really very sick." and "Basically, your whole body is sick!" Stupid, useless things like that. Many doctors even got angry at me because they didn't know what to do.

I'd unknowingly used the shop where one of the first cluster infections happened in Japan, and shortly after, I'd gotten sick. Considering how many other people use that shop, I bet many of us actually got infected, but we were told it was just "nine people", so nothing to worry about.

That's crap. There's simply no way so much of my body just randomly decided to get that sick all at once. It was very clear a PCR test would have been the wise decision - for all of us who got sick after using that place. Yet even with all those 'real symptoms' and the knowledge that I'd been in a shop where a cluster had broken out, I was turned away.

That's despicable. That's how testing is being done. Very selectively.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 876 coronavirus cases; 1,097 in Osaka See in context


Amen, thank you for sharing.

The group is called "Survivor Corps" on Facebook. It's a public group, so you don't even have to join to see what long-haulers are going through. And it's made up of people of all ages, including young people. This is why I often say I'm worried about what will happen to the Japanese people who end up as long haulers in this place where people don't even believe long-Covid is a real or serious problem.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 876 coronavirus cases; 1,097 in Osaka See in context

@Mr Kipling

Only those with "real" symptoms can get a test and still over 90% are negative. Seems to me that they are testing plenty.

Actually, now you are the one spreading false information.

Most people with symptoms cannot get a test, unless they go for an overpriced private one which likely does not even count towards the official count.

I've already told my experience about what it was like getting sick here. I was very sick for over a month, and had a sudden severe worsening two weeks into the sickness. Here's my "real symptoms" : 38.2+ fever for over a week, severe digestive issues including abdominal distention, severe respiratory issues, severe chest pain, shortness of breath, nonstop coughing, and swollen organs in my lower torso that seemed to be burning up inside.

I was in the ER twice.

Went to a hospital fourteen times total.

Not once was I offered the PCR test. In fact, I was told quite clearly each time that I would not be getting one. And one doctor told me outright that my area of Japan (hint, right next to Tokyo and still not testing) is simply not doing PCR testing, and I might have better luck in Tokyo.

So no.

No, you don't just get a test, even when you're deathly ill. Stop gaslighting everyone here. Some of us know exactly how difficult it is to get a test.

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