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Posted in: Tokyo records most new coronavirus cases in a day as pressure for lockdown builds See in context

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You are missing my point. You say change the law to enable mass testing and then people what mild symptoms stay home. But I'm asking where will the testing be done. The health care system cannot handle millions of people turning up at clinics and hospitals to be tested. Even drive-through testing in the U.S. turned chaotic.

For myself, I don't need to be tested. If I start coughing or develop a fever, I will stay home (I'm doing that now anyway through teleworking).

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Posted in: Tokyo records most new coronavirus cases in a day as pressure for lockdown builds See in context

I'm still not convinced mass testing is the way to go. Millions of people will flood hospitals and clinics because they have a cough or fever. Those facilities are needed for people with other illnesses. And if I did go to a clinic and was tested positive, it would be mild and I would self-isolate, which I do anyway if have a bad cold. More importantly, being tested positive doesn't determine the infection route, from whom I got it, or whether I infected myself.

I support a soft lockdown. By soft, I mean without police or military on the streets using heavy-handed tactics that are being used in other countries. But a lockdown must come with an initial time period, a clear purpose and with as little disruption to the national economy as possible.

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Posted in: Tokyo records most new coronavirus cases in a day as pressure for lockdown builds See in context

It's hard to believe tomorrow will be April. What's happened to the past three months? I remember being at a party last New Year's Eve, everybody wishing each other a happy New Year; some wondering what sort of a year 2020 would be; others saying "bring it on." I wish we could fast forward to the end of the year. I feel like we will all age a year but somehow will have lost it from our lives.

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Posted in: Japan not planning to declare state of emergency but will expand entry bans See in context

The only good news I heard today was that Tokyo had only 13 reported new infections today, down from 68 yesterday At least, I hope that is good news.

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Posted in: Amid the coronavirus outbreak, do you think most Japanese understand the meaning of words being used by politicians, such as overshoot, social distancing, lockdown and clusters? See in context

I don't undestand why Koike used the word "overshoot" at all to refer to an explosive increase in infection cases. Each time she did, they had the kanji for "bakuhatsu" in the subtitles. As for social distancing, I had never heard of that expression even in English until the coronavirus appeared. What's wrong with just saying keep a few meters apart from other people?

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Posted in: Taliban says no to Afghan negotiators See in context

How come the Taliban, Islamic State and Boko Haram haven't been infected by the coronaviris? And there is fighting still going on in Yemen and Libya. It seems inconceivable that these groups haven't been infected but they continue fighting. I guess that's their way of getting back to life as normal.

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

Quite frankly, I don't think a lockdown will make any difference. I don't believe a lockdown has worked in New York, Paris or any other city, except Wuhan, where the Chinese government employed draconian measures. I think we have to learn to co-exist with the virus, modifying our behavior accordingly and maintaining good hygiene. Everything I have read says that the virus only results in mild symptoms for 80% of people. We can live with that. If we feel unwell, we stay home. I've done it before with the flu and I'll do it again. It is the vulnerable -- the elderly and those with existing medical conditions that need the most vigilance and care.

But bringing the economy to a halt through a lockdown is having catastrophic results in other countries and I really hope we don't have to go through that here. Maybe they should stop reporting the daily number of infections. It just causes panic. It is the number of deaths that is most crucial.

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Posted in: Olympic flame to be carried by car instead of torchbearers See in context

I'd like to see the flame kept lit in a cauldron in Tokyo for the next year as a symbol, and then start the relay again next March as had been originally scheduled, with hopefully all the chosen torchbearers still available to take part in the relay.

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Posted in: Japan, IOC agree to postpone Tokyo Olympics for one year See in context

I'd like to see the Olympics held at cherry blossom time, in the last week of March and first week of April 2021. Spring would be a good time. Tourists would love it. And it doesn't conflict with the World Swimming and World Athletic Championships which are scheduled for summer of 2021, though all three events would feature the same competitors.

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Posted in: Abe says G7 supports 'complete' Games, but polls back postponement See in context

Everybody seems to be forgetting that it is not Abe's decision. The IOC will decide whether to cancel, postpone or go ahead as scheduled. I'm sure there have been many behind-the-scenes conversations this week between the IOC, JOC and Japanese government.

Today, the IOC is holding an emergency meeting with all members, so a decision may come soon.

Personally, I favor postponing until 2021 but they have to make a decision one way or another before torch relay starts on March 26. It would be ridiculous having the relay go through all prefectures if there are no Olympics this year.

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

The Olympic torch relay is scheduled to start in Fukushima on March 26. Surely a decision has to be made before then. It is supposed to go through every prefecture. It would be ridiculous to stop the relay halfway through and repeat the whole thing again next year.

I support postponing, rather than canceling, the Olympics by a year. There would be countless problems involved, of course, but it could be done.

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

I saw on the news last night that the Moomin park in Saitama Prefecture reopened (they were testing everyone before admitting them) and that Okinawa is going vent with events his week. That is really pleasing news. Businesses need to reopen and people want to go out and have fun, so I hope more places will decide to reopen as soon as possible.

By the way, does anyone know why cinemas have remained open during the last few weeks, while other places where big groups of people gather were closed?

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Posted in: Esterre at Palace Hotel Tokyo: Authentic French culinary technique heightens Japan’s natural terroir See in context

I've always loved the Palace Hotel. Been going there since the 1980s and it's convenient to the imperial palace grounds.

Esterre looks good. Japanese really have a love affair with French haute cuisine. I've never seen octopus leg served that big before. Not like the taco I buy at the supermarket.

Anyway, I hope people will still go out dining and not be scared of the coronavirus. That's what I'm doing. Sometimes it's fun to go to a fancy restaurant in a nice hotel like this just to forget about life's problems for a few hours.

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Posted in: Ripe for recovery: How super sweet peaches are helping Fukushima's farming sector See in context

I've been buying peaches from Fukushima since 2011. They are really quite good and cheap, too. But it's mainly to do my bit to help local farmers. It's sad that some people think everything from Fukushima is contaminated. It's a large prefecture.

Numan, I don't think you understand radiation. Try the peaches. One won't kill you.

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Posted in: Abe says gov't will announce more measures on March 10 to counter virus See in context

One thing Abe hasn't done yet is tell us who is giving him medical advice. Especially at Saturday night's press conference, he should a couple of doctors or specialists with him at the podium and they could have answered questions from reporters. Even Trump had enough sense to have medical experts with him at his press conference.

By going it alone, Abe's call to close schools and postpone events sounds more like a political decision than a medical one. And I know there are a lot of medical professionals who disagreed with his actions.

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Posted in: Parents, teachers scramble to cope after Abe urges school shutdown See in context

I was half listening to NHk's news at 7 and I think I heard that Ishikawa and Saga prefectures are not going to close their schools. But there are so many working parents who don't know what to do with their young children.

Yahoo said it would allow its employees to bring their young children to work. Not sure if that's a good idea or not. Maybe big companies can set up makeshift daycare centers on one of their floors but there would still be a need for staff to supervise the kids.

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Posted in: Hokkaido declares state of emergency over virus See in context

I think that's going too far. People have to go out to buy food and work. Shops have to open, trains and buses will be running and all flights to and from Hokkaido have not been canceled.

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Posted in: Japan announces basic policy to fight spread of coronavirus See in context

I've been reading so much conflicting information. Does anyone know how we'll know when we are over the worst of this virus?

For example, if a week passes and no new infections are reported, will that mean the danger is past? Or will a mass vaccination be necessary?

Does anybody remember how SARS finally came to an end?

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Posted in: Have you been on one of those giant cruise ships for a holiday? What was your experience like? Did you have a good time? See in context

Cruises have never appealed to me, though my mother went on plenty. But I've read online that the industry is booming, despite all the problems we hear about, especially in the Caribbean, Mediterranean and South Pacific. Cruises are booked almost two years in advance. As for me, the ships are getting too big, like floating cities.

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Posted in: Gov't to ask companies to promote telework as virus spreads See in context

The government can't order companies to allow companies to allow their employees to telework. They can ask but that's all. Besides, teleworking is really only possible for white collar workers. Think how many industries need a physical presence at the workplace. Factories, retailers, wholesalers, airlines, trains, buses, stations, airports, hospitals, fire and police departments, sporting facilities, entertainment venues like cinemas, concert halls, etc, restaurants and so on. Then there are sales staff who need to meet their clients, consultants, advertising and marketing presentations to be done.

It is not as easy as some people think. Personally, I don't like teleworking. I tend to get lazy and miss the interaction with colleagues at the office. About one day is all I could stand.

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Posted in: If you have not yet retired, at what age would you like to retire (if at all)? Do you think you would get bored with retirement? See in context

I guess I am one of those people who live to work, not work to live. I enjoy my job. Someone (I can't remember who) once said that if you enjoy your job, you'll never work a day in your life.

I've seen some people retire at 60 or 65, then go traveling and take up hobbies, but six months later, they are restless and start working again, either part-time or they start their own business. I've seen others who retire and virtually become full-time babysitters for their grandkids. And sadly I know others who retired with nothing to do and they have already entered the early stages of dementia.

For myself, only a serious illness would probably force me into retirement. I don't know why, but somewhere deep in my subconscious mind, I associate retirement with getting old, sick and then death.

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Posted in: Okura Tokyo Fitness & Spa ANNAYAKE: Simple, elegant, contemporary and Oriental See in context

I used to love the old Okura. Not sure what the new one is like. I haven't been there yet.

I tried a hotel spa once. It was out of this world, so easy to fall asleep. I'll have to hope someone buys me a spa treatment for my birthday.

And I would love to have a view like that from my bedroom window at home.

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Posted in: In honor of Valentine's Day, we ask what is your favorite chocolate brand? See in context

Lindt and Cadbury.

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Posted in: Do you think the Carlos Ghosn case would make for an interesting movie or documentary? See in context

I think David Suchet would do a good job. But the story isn't over yet. We don't know how it will turn out. And unless Ghosn discloses how he escape, he won't make for much of a story. A drama about breach of trust and underreporting income charges and seeing him interrogated hardly makes for riveting viewing.

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Posted in: Ex-captive Japanese journalist sues gov't over passport denial See in context

He could easily go to the Middle East from another country.

The probolem is that if the government has him sign a statement in which he accepts full responsibility for his fate and that no ransom will be paid it puts the government in an awkward spot if he does get kidnapped.

Suddenly he's on YoutTube in an orange suit with a masked guy behind him holding a knife to his throat. He's then pleading with the government to save him. Meanwhile, in Japan, the media interview his wife and mother who tearfully ask the government to get him back.

Well, what does Suga say at a press conference. "Sorry, we asked him not to go and he signed a statement. So we're not going to help him" The government would look heartless.

No, I think Mr Yasuda should have learned from his three years in captivity.

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Posted in: Should confessions be admissible in a court of law? See in context

Perry Mason would never let his clients confess.

But seriously, I think they should be admissible as evidence provided there are two conditions.

One is that the suspect's interrogation is fully recorded and the other is that a lawyer is present when the confession is made.

I also think a confession should not be the only means of conviction. There needs to be other evidence produced, DNA, motive, means, opportunity etc.

We read a lot of stories on Japan Today about people who kill ailing family members for one reason or another and then call the police and confess. I think Japanese society attaches a great deal of importance to confessions.

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Posted in: Mother arrested over death of newborn child See in context

The only explanation I can think of is that she turned up at the hospital seriously ill, without any ID on her. Perhaps she was too sick to speak. Doctors could see she had just given birth but if she couldn't speak, then she couldn't tell them her name and where the baby was. Whatever was ailing her, it took until Jan 6 for her to recover. That's 10 days, so it must have been a serious illness. Then they were able to find out details and contact the police.

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Posted in: Japanese gov't, prosecutors, Nissan call Ghosn's accusations baseless See in context

Ghosn's problem now is how to get that Interpol red notice lifted. No matter how many press conferences he gives, skipping bail is a criminal offense and that has nothing to do with the charges he was arrested on. I completely understand his reasons for skipping bail and I agree with him about Japan's justice system, but skipping bail is a crime in every country that I can think of and it's going to dog him for the rest of his life. He'll be severely restricted on where he can travel; he'll have to spend a fortune on private security and it will take a toll on his health.

I don't see how he can get Interpol to lift the notice. Maybe he can run for the presidency of Lebanon which would give him immunity.

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Posted in: 5 dead, 60 hospitalized in Pennsylvania Turnpike crash See in context

Life is so cruel. We are only six days into the New Year. Last Wednesday, those 5 dead people were probably wishing their family and friends "Happy New Year," wondering what 2020 would bring. How many others have died around the world through violence or accidents since January 1? I got so depressed thinking about this today (our first day in the office) that I barely could wish my colleagues a happy New Year. Sorry for the gloomy post.

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Posted in: Turkey detains 7, including 4 pilots over Ghosn's escape through Istanbul See in context

I’m afraid Ghosn’s escape is going to cause a lot of trouble for a lot of people. These pilots are just the first.

He said he was looking forward to proving his innocence in court, but he has lost all my sympathy. And he’s left poor Greg Kelly holding the bag in Tokyo.

While I agree with Ghosn about Japan’s hostage justice system, I don’t believe he gives a damn about anybody but himself. He couldn’t handle the loss of his lavish, jet-setting lifestyle.

I am also astounded by the number of readers here on Japan Today that have been engaged in a Cralos Ghosn lovefest. Unless the Japanese government let him go, he is now a criminal. Keep that in mind before you cheer for him. Skipping bail, no matter how unjust you feel a country’s legal system is, is still a crime.

As for his claim that he couldn’t get a fair trial, I disagree. It would have been the most high profile case of its kind in Japan with the global media watching. Personally, I think whatever he did should have been handled internally at Nissan but if he had been found guilty, I think the worst he would have got is a suspended sentence.

As for his press conference on Jan 8, what is he going to say that we don’t already know? That he was set up to stop Renault from taking greater control of Nissan? We know that. That Japan’s justice system is a hostage system? We know that, too. That Saikawa and other Nissan execs did dodgy things, too? We know that also.

His wife has already said they won’t reveal details of the escape so as not to hurt those who helped them. That will come out anyway, unless the Japanese government was involved.

I hope there are some sharp reporters at the press conference. I’d like one of them to ask Ghosn about the money diverted to his wife’s yacht rental company.

I would also ask Ghosn how he feels to be a criminal.

This drama is a long way from over. I wonder if we will find out what really happened.

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