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Posted in: Abe's two-mask pledge met online with derision and humor See in context

This Government is infuriating.

I wonder how many swab test units (Thailand) 40 billion yen could make?

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Posted in: Experts warn of health care collapse in Japan if virus keeps spreading See in context

This is a total mess.

One company is sending us cloth masks to be worn when working...cloth is not recommended by WHO, and medical masks need to be replaced regularly to be of help.

People are busily crafting cloth masks.

Another company requests we wear masks, but take them off during meetings as some clients don't like them.


The lack of leadership from the Government is the cause of all this. People are trying to do the right thing, but are just floundering without strong leadership to guide them.

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Posted in: Experts warn of health care collapse in Japan if virus keeps spreading See in context

Another day of half measures.

It's pretty clear the Government won't lock down, the plan seems to be 'herd immunity' with the steps to request people stay home at evenings and weekends, and closure of facilities aimed at slowing the spread of the virus a little not containing it.

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Posted in: Japan 'on the brink' as it struggles to hold back coronavirus See in context

Just on the topic of masks...the main purpose of a mask is to reduce the risk of YOU spreading your droplets to another person or surface, (thus surgeons wear a mask to reduce the chance they will spread germs to a patient during surgery.)

So it is a totally responsible action to wear a mask if you are out in public.

One of the problems we all face is a shortage of masks.

Enforced Lock Down, (although curbing our freedoms) is necessary to reduce the spread to levels our hospitals can deal with, whilst also mitigating the shortage of mask supply.

We can't make Covid19 go away, but we can manage it.....if the Government acts NOW.

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Posted in: Japan 'on the brink' as it struggles to hold back coronavirus See in context


Better safe than sorry, May is good or until safety can be guranteed.

Hey, Tara Tan, I'm not trying to be smart, but safety won't be guaranteed until we get a vaccine, or everyone has caught the virus and survived.

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

Yeah, great one of my friends just reported full on Corona symptoms...Thanks Dear Leaders for your ineffective measures.

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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 so frustrating that this government refuses to act, refuses to look at what is happening to other countries that made the same mistakes. refuses to look at what countries that are curbing the spread are doing, and generally just act like they are paralyzed.

Make the call. Lock down. Take a month of financial pain, and move forward. Please.

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

I agree with all the criticism above.

What the Government IS doing by holding off on lock down and failing to extensively test is spreading fear through the populace, and ensuring many are going broke.

My friend works for a sensible cafe that shut it's doors for two weeks, but everyone else failed to act. If the Government delays further that will mean more than a month with no salary for people in that position.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics rescheduled for July 23-Aug 8 in 2021 See in context

The Olympics?


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Posted in: Tokyo's infection spike after Olympic postponement sparks questions See in context

Hey Cruisin,

you're right, but we can't stay home because we'll lose our jobs, because the Government won't (can't) call a State of Emergency, so our bosses say, 'yes, stay home by all means, but we won't pay you.'

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Posted in: Australian gov't to pay businesses to keep employees See in context

"Officials said the rate of new infections has halved in the past week under existing restrictions.."

*Japan looks on...'What is this witchcraft?'

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

The report at around 19:30 was a 100 new cases.

Now at 21:59 it states 63...that is close to a 40% discrepancy.

What's up?

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Posted in: Tokyo begins quiet weekend, but some go about as usual See in context

DaDude above is right, in fact it's important to keep you vitimin D levels up (time outside, or supplements).

But yes, don't go for a jog with 7 of your mates. LOL.

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Posted in: Panic buying continues in Tokyo as residents asked to stay home for weekend See in context

Hey Gym dude....

"I will have to resort to the old fashioned hardcore home/barracks/prison-cell workouts... maybe I could do a youtube on that one..." THAT one.

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Posted in: Panic buying continues in Tokyo as residents asked to stay home for weekend See in context

We're all used to the 7panic buying' in Tokyo.

But the government isn't helping. by not conducting aggressive testing, cancelling school then opening them, just as a panel announces spread of covid may be 'rampant'. Asking everyone to stay home on the weekend.

So now we have a Government we can't trust, and expectation of a full lock-down next week.

Of course people are going to stock up.

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Posted in: Telework, stockpiling spread in Tokyo after Koike's press conference See in context

I'm reading a lot of criticism of Abe and Koike in these articles,

and it's totally warranted. The chance to fight Covid was at the beginning of March when schools were shut down.

Following what is happening overseas gave a big clue, so we did our shopping in anticipation of a full scale shut down yesterday afternoon. There's a very good Doctor on You tube who gives up to date advice, and figures.

I hope that the virus is not as widespread as we think it will be (by some miracle).

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Posted in: Koike urges Tokyo residents to stay at home at weekend See in context

Oh look! A wave...

Olympics postponed, now we can get to the truth. Koike announcing 'soft' lock down of Tokyo tonight.

The Government has a LOT to answer for.

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Posted in: Cruise ship responsible for jump in Australia coronavirus cases See in context

@ Wesley....

There will be no vaccine until maybe this time next year.

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

Well done,

The right decision.

A Vaccine should be ready early 2021.

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Posted in: Cluster suspected at Oita medical center after 2 more virus cases confirmed See in context


It's been what...2 weeks holed up in your house, and you can't handle it??

That's pretty weak.

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Posted in: F1 world champion Hamilton self-isolating as precaution See in context

It's great to see a sport that is unashamedly all about money putting its engineering resources toward production of ventilation units and demonstrating empathy with the Team Staff by postponing the events.

Well played.

The IOC could learn a lot from this attitude if they weren't so blinded by $$$

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Posted in: IOC reviewing Games scenarios; cancellation not among them: Bach See in context

It's telling that professionally run, annual sports events internationally are calling their events off.

Yet the IOC and Japan, both infamous for large exchanges of 'favor money' are pushing ahead as if nothing is happening with no apparent plan 'B' to fall back on.

Postponement is the only thing that makes sense.

Japan, in general, is acting like this Pandemic isn't even a thing...can anyone explain why that is so?

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Posted in: Panel may advise easing virus controls in some areas; Hokkaido to end state of emergency See in context

J inc. only has until the end of May to make sure everyone catches Covid, and for the majority to recover so they can cling to that Olympic cash cow.

As dark as that thought is, it's the only thing that makes any sense of the lack of testing and the easing of restrictions.

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Posted in: Some schools in Japan resume classes after virus-prompted closures See in context


Pride comes before a fall.

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Posted in: Abe tells Trump Japan preparing for Tokyo Olympics as planned See in context

It makes sense.

The 1st ALL JAPAN OLYMPICS. (other nations welcome).

Or Postpone. (too many brown envelopes have changed hands for this to be comfortable).

F1 did the right thing. Confirmed case. Boom. It's all over.

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Posted in: We've conveyed all our sorrows and suffering to TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Co). There is nothing more we can do. See in context

plaintiffs say they are exhausted from the prolonged legal battles over compensation for the disaster

That is exactly the outcome TEPCO would have been hoping for.

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Posted in: Japan begins coronavirus travel restrictions for China, S Korea See in context

Vitamin D is a big help in avoiding respiratory viral and bacterial infections.

Luckily fatty foods, like Tuna, Salmon, cheese all contain vitamin D.

Sunlight is the best source.

Go for your daily walks, or take a break near a window.

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Posted in: Guy deliberately bumping into women regrets it when he tries it on pro-wrestler See in context

I've had men here deliberately shoulder bump me twice. What they don't seem to realize is I'm over 90 K.G.s and was raised on red meat so I'm huge, but...dense(?). Hahaha!

One guy bounced off, and I knew it was deliberate because there was no look back or attempted excuse me. The other guy caught me on balance...he got wrecked. Hahahah!

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Posted in: With so much media coverage of the coronavirus and medical professionals and governments sometimes giving conflicting advice, how are you deciding what to do in order to get through this crisis? See in context

The problem is....I decided to avoid gatherings of people....My company decided to have a 'compulsory' non essential meeting in a crowded office in one of the busiest hubs of Tokyo.

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Posted in: Tokyo Marathon limited to elite runners over virus fears See in context

Congratulations to the winner.

BUT...the situation really is hopeless. You just can't stop people from gathering together in crowds.

'Luckily', for most syptoms seem to be relatively mild. But if we don't stop congregating, the virus will simply continue to spread.

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