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Posted in: Japan reports 44,729 new coronavirus cases See in context

Numbers are obviously declining and the 8th wave will be over soon. I predict (I’m no Nostradamus btw!) that the 9th and final wave will begin at the end of March and peak around May 8, the day the government declares the pandemic over! That’s typical Japanese backward logic for you.

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Posted in: Japan reports 54,782 new coronavirus cases See in context

@MumbaiRocks! - Yes, fanatical is a good word to use. Was in a restaurant last night and two people on a table opposite kept taking a bit of their food and drinks before quickly donning their masks every minute. What difference does it make? Why can’t people walk in country parks massless? What actually is going on here?

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Posted in: Japan decides to ease medical rules on COVID-19 on May 8 See in context

Let’s hope May 8 is D-Day - Down with Covid D - after all. Maybe they need these few months to remove all the plastic shields accumulated.

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Posted in: Japan reports 32,571 new coronavirus cases See in context

You nailed it Wolfshine - exactly my sentiments. For once I agree with some of Kishida’s wording - ‘a return to normalcy’ - he said. Let’s hope so.

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Posted in: Japan reports 64,450 new coronavirus cases See in context

I’ve been following Jexan’s advice for quite a few months. Off with the masks everyone!

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Posted in: Japan reports 96,392 new coronavirus cases See in context

When the government decides to downgrade Covid to flu, which it will in all likelihood do this Friday for sometime in the spring, then say sayonara to these daily counts, plastic shields and 99% compliance to the masks. All other Asian countries are in a race to downgrade as a matter of economic survival. Just look at China’s massive about turn. Covid will become a taboo topic in a few months.

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Posted in: Gov't to discuss downgrading COVID-19 classification to same as influenza See in context

@Hakman - Cheers - I’ll take you up on that offer of a beer one of these days. No worries, there won’t be a mask in sight!

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Posted in: Gov't to discuss downgrading COVID-19 classification to same as influenza See in context

With respect to the health authorities, they shouldn’t be the main influencers of government policy anymore. In the U.K, If they’d been left in control of policy (with their ridiculous modelling), the country would still be in lockdown. The Japanese government should take note of their findings and balance them against other (arguably more important) considerations.

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Posted in: Gov't to discuss downgrading COVID-19 classification to same as influenza See in context

Follow the money as usual. China is downgrading, so is Hong Kong, Singapore, Korea etc. Nobody wants to become a basket case economy like Sri Lanka. Japan will be left in the dust if it scares away foreign tourists or continues to spread fear within its own borders. Time to downgrade, unmask and get on with life.

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Posted in: Japan reports 125,108 new coronavirus cases See in context

@Roy - true, maybe it’s just wishful thinking on my part!

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Posted in: Japan reports 125,108 new coronavirus cases See in context

This week, Korea will announce that masks are no longer needed indoors. Will Japan want to remain the outlier in the region and the world? There should be a massive campaign to drop them.

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Posted in: Experts urge gov't to take gradual approach to COVID downgrade See in context

Masks are unpleasant but work to keep others safer. 

Maybe during the original Wuhan strain but not anymore. Japan has had the most severe waves of any developed country in the past 6-8 months even though they’re the most masked up. At this moment they’re worse than useless.

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Posted in: Experts urge gov't to take gradual approach to COVID downgrade See in context

Japan should follow the German model - ensure masks are worn on public transport (I’m personally not in favour of this but realise the need for pragmatism here) and encourage them to be dropped elsewhere, especially for children. There is zero benefit - only harm - in having kids masked up.

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Posted in: Japan reports 95,308 new coronavirus cases See in context

Numbers are numbers. There’s a big park near where I live. Some plum tree flowers are starting to bloom, yet all the people were still masked up and couldn’t appreciate the fragrance despite being in a 100% no risk environment. What the actual bleep is going on?

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Posted in: Japan reports 95,308 new coronavirus cases See in context

Time to stop counting cases, downgrade to flu, remove plastic barriers and the paranoia that goes with them.

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Posted in: Japan reports 95,308 new coronavirus cases See in context

@Wolfshine - agree Narita is a lot smoother these days. Nobody bothers you if you’re not masking and it feels like a return to some normality. When I came through in March it was like a dystopian movie.

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Posted in: Asian tourist hubs ready for Chinese influx See in context

Spot on wolfshine - comparing Covid obsession to a cult is apt. It’s almost become a case of oneupmanship - who can show the most submissive and deferential behaviour is somehow the superior citizen. Omicron variants from Mainland China are already here. All the checks and absurdities at the airport make no difference. Plastic dividers and shields make no difference, neither do paper masks. I’m triple vaxxed. So what. I can still spread it just as easily as someone who isn’t. Everything needs to dropped now. Medical experts should never be allowed to run a country.

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Posted in: Asian tourist hubs ready for Chinese influx See in context

When I lived in Hong Kong, the locals used to complain about the Mainland tourists all the time even though many got rich out of them. We expats found it funny as it was a common stereotype from Westerners that Hong locals were also ill mannered and rude - a classic case of the pot calling the kettle black. To the Chinese we were just Gweilo! Culture is a funny thing isn’t it?

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Posted in: Japan reports 89,643 new coronavirus cases See in context

Of course the data issued daily needs to be placed in context. One example from the Ministry of Health issued in December about the 7th wave: Omicron’s mortality rate was essentially zero for people under 60.

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Posted in: Japan reports 76,264 new coronavirus cases See in context

@Elvis is here

Yes, but that country you’re referring to in Asia will go through its peak quickly and then get on with things - not be in a continuous limbo like here.

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Posted in: Hong Kong asks Japan to reverse 'hasty' COVID flight restrictions See in context

@tmtfly Do try and keep up with the news. Hong Kong residents have not been stopped from entering Japan. They can can enter (now 7 airports) with NO pcr test as long as they haven’t been to Mainland China in the past 7 days and have 3 jabs. Your ignorance is on display.

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Posted in: Hong Kong asks Japan to reverse 'hasty' COVID flight restrictions See in context

Japanese government has just revised its decision on restricting flights from HK to only 4 airports. They’ve now added 3 more - an unusual move but probably because of all the pre-booked business that would have been lost in Okinawa and Sapporo. Who says the Japanese government isn’t pragmatic when it wants to be?

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Posted in: Hong Kong asks Japan to reverse 'hasty' COVID flight restrictions See in context

@iraira I’m sorry but you are also incorrect. Although the Chinese vaccines were given first approval, the Pfizer vaccine soon followed in early 2021 and proved much more popular than Sinovac. The majority of people in HK chose Pfizer in the end - including me!

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Posted in: Shibuya New Year’s Eve countdown event canceled for 3rd consecutive year See in context

Banning the countdown is counterproductive. In the end Omicron will do what it is designed to do - infect everyone on the planet - just as China has realized. Most people now recognize the craziness of full masking outside and no masking in bars / restaurants / coffee shops where the virus spreads easily. Just end all restrictive measures and let individuals make their own decisions.

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Posted in: Shibuya New Year’s Eve countdown event canceled for 3rd consecutive year See in context

@bo The majority of young people in Japan have been extremely tolerant in putting up with all the draconian measures, especially given that Omicron has a death rate of 0% for their age group. I would even argue that they have become annoyingly submissive and compliant (when it’s not necessary anymore).

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Posted in: Japan reports 177,622 new coronavirus cases See in context

@tora Well said. It’s like Covid is the only illness that ever to some posters. Even if there’s proof that Covid is just a common cold they’ll forever be locked into the fear narrative. Governments should never operate as nanny states.

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Posted in: Japan reports 177,622 new coronavirus cases See in context

@Jimizo: What is literally zero?

In this case it is used informally (to create emphasis) rather than a focus on exactness. If you want an argument on semantics, nuances of meaning, etymology, then you’ve chosen the wrong person.

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Posted in: End of Japan COVID curbs triggers surge in visitors to nearly 1 million in November See in context

@ian - no I don’t think you understand. Paper masks don’t work. High grade N95 type yes but how many do you see wearing those? Otherwise they mask insecurities and are pathetically sad to see in a supposedly advanced society.

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Posted in: End of Japan COVID curbs triggers surge in visitors to nearly 1 million in November See in context

@finally rich: *One can only say this is a very unnatural behaviour.*

100% agree -wearing a mask in a crowded train during rush hour kind of makes sense during the tail end of a pandemic. Wearing it religiously outside makes no sense and just masks insecurities. Also, I understand why the elderly would cling to them but healthy young adults?

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Posted in: Return to maskless world still only in realm of fantasy in Japan See in context

@BT - A well written and considered response but the ‘When in Rome’ argument only goes so far. Mask wearing has become a total obsession here to the point of absurdity. It’s like being in a gigantic sick ward only there’s no science to back it up.

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