Not having to quarantine anymore is a good thing, I would be finally able to take my family back home for vacation.
But keidanren, after making absolutely no effort when being asked to promote up to 70% WFH during august, defending the use of fax because of its « high security »…what did they learn from this pandemic ?
Probably nothing so Salarymen Kentaro will probably soon be able to stop using zoom and teams and restart his questionable business trip.
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Even if the declaration is lifted, the government will consider shifting to quasi-state of emergency measures to prevent infections from surging again
So after SOE will come back to quasi SOE which is almost the same as SOE.
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Still despite the constant 4-5k case for weeks in Tokyo the serious cases decreased by one today.
We will probably need to look out for the number of deaths. Hope we didn’t enter a cycle where new serious cases replace equivalent amount of deceased cases.
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If the government is trying to prevent people from traveling around, why are articles like this encouraging people to go travel around?
i think it is proven that covid19 in Japan will only attack you after 20:00 if you are drunk. Also it doesn’t know how to ride the train so probably will not be able to ride the ropeway either, it should be safe up there.
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What is the message we are trying to convey to people living in Tokyo now with such announcement ? This type of news should be communicated carefully with warning saying to get vaccinated / stay careful during the SOE.
otherwise it just mean « everything is fine guys, we have a treatment for covid19 if something happen to you and plenty of beds in hotel to welcome you »
the same day we announce we will stop the little bit of tracing and testing that was still happening in Tokyo ?
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It's a race. The vaccinations in Japan are also continuing at about 500,000 per day. The percentage of vaccinated population climbs about 3% each week. My whole family and all my wife's relatives here in Japan have been double-vaccinated. They are widely available. Between those already infected who gain natural immunity, and the increasing vaccinations, at some point the virus will not find enough hosts to replicate.
You are probably right and this is the explanation of the trend being seen in India and UK in regard to the delta variant ( with a mix of Stay Home measures ). Though it never really drops back to 2 digits number.
So we will get there at some point but when.
in any case I see the comments on vaccine being easily available, it really depends where you live and even your district in Tokyo. As long as it will be a fight to be able to have a vaccination slot and that Hospital are saturated this is a very inconfortable situation to be in and it should never have happened in a country like Japan.
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Looking at what is happening in Israel, vaccination efficacy decrease significantly after 6 months hence the reason why they start seeing serious case even with people that were vaccinated in January.
we are in for a long fight and several booster shots so Japon better get prepared and have the logistics ready otherwise we will still have unvaccinated younger group while elder will need to have their booster.
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You left out that the majority of those 5% are now fully vaccinated. They were not earlier in the year. You didn't bother to think about that since it doesn't support your opinion
well actually if they were tested there is a great chance they had symptoms like fever and cough requiring testing, otherwise you will never get tested ( they even stopped testing you if someone in your family has covid19 unless you show fever or symptoms ). So either they were not vaccinated or the vaccine partially worked.
i don’t think the vaccination covers 100% of Japanese over 60 years old, even at 70% we are not out of trouble as we can see in other countries more advanced in terms of vaccination ( France / Israel / IS / UK though it is getting better there ).
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95% of all these cases are people under 50!
no it is not. JT ignore case for people over 60 as it is now a minority but it is not 0, so you have 679 people over 50 years old. It is not at all 5%, including within them 200 people over 60 years old.
then ok for people over 60 years old you could say 5% but as Zorotto mentioned when you start hovering at such a high level of cases per day then even 5% starts to be a significant number.
The increase of serious case is probably the important number to watch out and it doesn’t look like it is going in the right direction now.
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These numbers are far from ideal - let's be honest about that.
But some good news.
50 million people in Japan have now had at least one dose of the vaccine.
Over 36 million have had 2.
86.2% of over 65s have had at least one dose of the vaccine.
75.4% of over 65s are fully vaccinated.
this is good news but the reality is that it is still hard to get a vaccination slot if you are below 40 and sometimes over 40 depending where you live.
When you look at delta variant data, situation in UK / US and Israel and take into account japan will never force its population to be vaccinated and will probably reach the 30% marks of people unwilling to be vaccinated…we are in for a long fight and we are still in a very bad spot for at least 2 months.
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Covid19 also has been getting a new gold medal almost everyday setting up new record, and, unlike athletes gold medal, we will probably remember and feel them after Olympics are finished.
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This is what happened to all the foreigner who were holding tickets. Despite living in Japan I had several tickets bought from the France reseller in 2019 that were cancelled last May. Still waiting for the refund.
it is a pity as I was so happy to think about taking my kids there back then however things are what they are and the situation is complicated.
Also wished they delayed enough to allow for à proper Olympics but we know this is not happening.
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Before asking other countries, Japan should first show what it will be doing with its strict quarantine.
exctaly what I was asking myself, so after I get my vaccination passport I can be exempted from quarantine and PCR test if I travel back to Europe but still not clear at all what happens when I fly back to Japan. I assume there will be no quarantine anymore but prefer to see it clearly written.
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Well a lot of us think those measures are not enough and question the Covid-19 cases numbers. What is actually pretty scary is to think of what will happen after they lift the measure, as vaccination will not have made significant progress by beginning of June.
i am pretty sure several salary men are in the starting blocks and will run faster than Usain Bolt to the first nomikai organized to celebrate the victory over the 4th waves and…we know what happens next…
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Very good news as this is a needed step …once you finished vaccinated the general population…once you finished vaccinated elderly, medical staff and people with pre-conditions.
so as it stands it is a quite irrelevant story considering what japan has on its plate right now.
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IOC says it's up to the host country.
The host country says it's up to the IOC.
Which one is lying? It's really hard to say as both are completely corrupt and inept.
exactly my thought, yesterday we had the article saying IOC were sure game will be held because the prime minister repeated the game can be held safely.
we are running into an infinite loop
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he replied: "No, there's not.
"The prime minister of Japan said that to the president of the United States two or three weeks ago. He continues to say that to the IOC. We're working with him (Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga) on all of the safety measures. It's going ahead."
Quite interesting actually, he is saying there is no scenario of Olympics being cancelled because this is what Suga keeps repeating to them. so politically he is basically putting the responsibility of this decision of absolutely going ahead without any other scenario on the Japanese prime minister.
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Yet they announce a soften version of the SOE for the next 3 weeks and think we will be happy with the announce that Olympic Athletes will all be vaccinated before the Olympics ( while the problem is not about vaccinating the athletes only…).
it surprises me everyday but not funny when some people in Osaka and Hyogo are dying at their home and hotel room suffocating due to lack of hospital bed availability.
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The SOE certainly has some effects, not sure if enough but it needs to be extended to prevent things from getting worst. Learning from the end of the previous SOE, which we kind of seen coming, what do you think Salarymen Kintaro will do has soon as SOE is lifted ? izakaya with his necktie around the head…
nothing will get better until vaccination take off seriously.
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I think it was the case yesterday, not sure if there was a link with the bad weather because today on the other hand highway are super crowded around Tokyo this morning in the direction of Kanagawa / Chiba and Saitama.
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They should send them to Osaka indeed. It is a nice thing to help India but you need to protect your own people before starting to help others.
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The big drop is coming earlier than expected.
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Perfect, another high number tomorrow and we will be all set for the GW drop. Low testing will ensure we have an illusion of a full virus retreat before lifting the SOE. Though the smile on the face will probably not last long.
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Ok but I thought that Japan was already over promising on the medical staffs they can have to support the Olympics so I wonder how they can accelerate vaccination in parallel
due to the shortage of hospital that can have covid19 patients everything collapse in Tokyo and Osaka as soon as 100 people needs an ICU but yet by July an army of doctors and nurses will pop up to vaccinate us and take care of the athletes.
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The first and most important step the government should be taking pre GW is telling people not to travel between prefectures.
they are telling people not to but I am not sure it will be followed especially for people that already booked. But yes as another poster mentioned yesterday this will become a stealth GoTo Travel as people will move to other prefectures. We will have TV interview on big transportation hub saying « oh well but I already booked and gouvernement announcement came too late »
I suppose testing will also drop during GW so I wonder if they will be able to read any clear trend by 11th of May.
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quite a challenge if the vaccination needs to be done with the 2 shots vaccine.
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Closing elementary and junior high schools will cause enormous problems for working and single parents, as it did last year. Children that young have to be supervised to make sure they pay attention to the teacher.
Having been through that last year, the worst would be if they close kinder garden and primary school ( so kids 1-6 years old ), which doesn't seem to be the case here, otherwise with both working parents one has to basically be off all day long. I just thought they might as well as go for online classes for high school and university students.
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And hey... YOU are to blame for this, Governor. Remember that push to open earlier than Tokyo?
Exactly, this shouldn’t be coming as à surprise. We knew that end of SOE would be interpreted as « party people » by many locals...
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Great news however according to some internal source of mine Tokyo Olympics asked 100% of their staff to be back physically working in the office everyday as soon as the SOE is lifted.
1 step forward then 2 step backs.
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