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Posted in: Japan reports 138,613 coronavirus cases; 23,135 in Tokyo See in context

Counting numbers has become counterproductive in Japan. The only count that’s important is the number of days left before they drop all restrictions like other progressive countries have done.

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Posted in: Japan reports 138,613 coronavirus cases; 23,135 in Tokyo See in context

The numbers look interesting. Thanks for the update JT.

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Posted in: Travelers returning from Japan's summer break crowd trains, airports See in context

@Gareth Joyce

Stupid is too kind a word. Let’s raise it to cruel, insensitive, even barbaric. At this moment I would place Japan below China because at least we understand why the Chinese are doing it with their zero policy.

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Posted in: Japan reports 183,609 coronavirus cases; 23,773 in Tokyo See in context

Numbers have already peaked and the wave will gradually recede. What happens next? Best to follow other progressive countries and move on with life and stop counting numbers. Unfortunately, I’ve got a feeling the long-Covid obsessives, mask fascists, big government control freaks and hypochondriacs won’t let it go without a fight.

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Posted in: Japan reports record high 250,403 coronavirus cases; 34,243 in Tokyo See in context

@painkiller - what’s the point in following the China model? Unless you want financial destruction! Once it’s endemic there is no zero model to follow.

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Posted in: Japan reports record high 250,403 coronavirus cases; 34,243 in Tokyo See in context

@Wobot - the Financial Times ran a recent article heavy on statistics showing Omicron having a lower death rate than seasonal flu at less than 0.1%. Whatever the mods say, that’s surely relevant given that this publication fixates on numbers on a daily basis.

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Posted in: Japan reports record high 250,403 coronavirus cases; 34,243 in Tokyo See in context

The absolute fixation on cases numbers unfortunately creates a climate of fear that destroys mental health, business, risk-taking, etc. Other countries are moving on at a rapid pace and Japan is getting left behind. Traveling to the UK this summer, I noticed that Covid is largely forgotten, a thing belonging to history with only hypochondriacs (and sorry to say the immuno-compromised) and the odd masked Asian resident (an observation not a stereotype) a reminder that it exists at all.

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Posted in: Japan reports record high 250,403 coronavirus cases; 34,243 in Tokyo See in context

If the government doesn’t downgrade to a flu then when does it end? The health experts should never run a country - risk averse to say the least!

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Posted in: Japan reports record high 250,403 coronavirus cases; 34,243 in Tokyo See in context

Counting cases has become counterproductive. Better to follow the lead of other countries (like the extremely careful Thai government) and downgrade Covid to a flu.

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Posted in: Work stoppages and no chatting at lunch: Japan Inc grapples with COVID See in context

These absurd nannying rules and contradictions will be the real death of society - not Covid. One example: Urawa Reds fans can now sing at football matches - we’re now at the peak of the wave. A few weeks ago when there was no wave, a few did and the club gets fined 20 million. In Hong Kong, there are 5000 cases a day, yet residents (and tourists!?) on arrival have to spend 7 days in a hotel or camp and get tested at least 5 times. When will people say to authority in all its guises: we are not living in a hospital - the same rules don’t apply. Enough is enough.

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Posted in: Kishida says restrictions unnecessary despite record COVID-19 cases See in context

No country can stomach the economic cost of closing a country for what is now a bad cold. That includes Australia, New Zealand and other previously hard line countries. China will be forced to open up soon as well.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 22,387 coronavirus cases See in context

The Japanese government are letting this wave rip through the population because of other scenarios that are infinitely worse. First, the economic one. No country wants to follow the path that Sri Lanka is on. Secondly, massive herd immunity before autumn and winter hits hard. The UK - much maligned in the initial waves - has seen less intensive care cases with each subsequent wave because of herd immunity combined with the uptake of vaccines. Herd immunity is the only way to go, however unpalatable that may be for some.

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Posted in: Maximum caution needed as COVID cases surge: Kishida See in context

I think there’s an argument that masks actually make things worse. People constantly touch them, pull them down hundreds of times a day (especially children). Unless their hands are kept constantly clean with soap or alcohol then the virus will inevitably be transferred from hand to mouth, etc. As the virus evolves to be more transmissible then masks (unless professionally used) will be next to useless.

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Posted in: Hong Kong burnishes China ties as global hub luster fades See in context

@JeffLee

Excellent rebuttal - Patton has his critics but there’s no doubt how much he cares (to this day) about Hong Kong - that’s why he’s still popular there.

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Posted in: Gov't confirms it will start accepting some foreign tourists in June See in context

Anyone complaining is a whiner who needs to become Japanese so they can vote, or quit whining like little girls.

Nah, I doubt anyone would want to ‘become’ Japanese, whatever that means. As long as democratic values exist then people are free to ‘whine’ in whatever way they like. Or do you have a problem with that?

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Posted in: Gov't confirms it will start accepting some foreign tourists in June See in context

Tourists will be treated as potential covid spreaders and pariahs because they don’t follow the absurd masking etiquette in Japan, which sees every citizen muzzled in their cozy safety net of fake protection and group dogma.

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Posted in: Gov't confirms it will start accepting some foreign tourists in June See in context

Japanese tourists should be banned from all countries unless FULL reciprocation is given. Full stop. See how they like it.

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Posted in: Japan to ease COVID border controls 'in stages' from June: Kishida See in context

They need to open the border soon. It’s sad to see the fear and paranoia that’s now endemic here just Covid. I’ve just returned after 20 years away and it’s currently like a zombie dystopian movie. What happened to the samurai spirit? Get over yourselves!

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Posted in: Japan to ease COVID border controls 'in stages' from June: Kishida See in context

Kishida is trying his best to have his cake and eat it too. By hedging on the exact timeline for properly reopening he buys time for his own election prospects while seeming to placate the U.K. and other G7 members that must be pressuring him to reciprocate with the tourist issue. Fortunately for Kishida, Johnson needs his support for the Ukraine conflict and can’t exactly play hardball. If it was up to me, I would refuse all Japanese tourists entry into the U.K. until reciprocation was offered.

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Posted in: Japan to ease COVID border controls 'in stages' from June: Kishida See in context

Kishida is trying his best to have his cake and eat it too. By hedging on the exact timeline for properly reopening he buys time for his own election prospects while seeming to placate the U.K. and other G7 members that must be pressuring him to reciprocate with the tourist issue. Fortunately for Kishida, Johnson needs his support for the Ukraine conflict and can’t exactly play hardball. If it was up to me, I would refuse all Japanese tourists into the U.K. until reciprocation was offered. The arrogance of the Japanese is mind-blowing.

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