COVID-19 INFORMATION What you need to know about the coronavirus if you are living in Japan or planning a visit.

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Posted in: Abe warns Japanese to prepare for prolonged coronavirus battle See in context

At a local city hall in Osaka yesterday I was helping a friend get some tax documents and the only information/guidelines regarding Coronavirus I could see displayed was a poster asking if I visited Wuhan or Hubei province in China in the last two weeks and a phone number to call if I had and was feeling flu like symptoms.

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

I know @macv The teachers and education department have mostly had an additional 3 week break this Spring to get some rudimentary on line learning or even YouTube lessons up and running. They do it Hong Kong, Seoul, Singapore and Jakarta.

A Junior High School teacher my family know said she had been coming to school everyday during the break but spent a lot of the time cleaning and gardening!

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Posted in: Japan, spared mass outbreak so far, now sees national crisis after Tokyo surge See in context

Just by way of comparison..

On March 20th Australia was testing 4473 people per day per million head of population and Japan was testing 117 per million.

Australia only has 20-25% of the population of Japan with 13 deaths reported from Covid19 and is at a stage 3 lockdown with stage 4 days away like in New Zealand.

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Posted in: Japan, spared mass outbreak so far, now sees national crisis after Tokyo surge See in context

@BruceChatwin Day 11 back on the crowded subway to my incubator office!

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Posted in: Hundreds of Japanese stranded overseas amid coronavirus travel curbs See in context

Despite the Diamond Princess situation around 30 cruise ships that set sail since then are now in limbo at various locations and unable to berth.

I wonder if there are many locals on them?

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Posted in: Japan, spared mass outbreak so far, now sees national crisis after Tokyo surge See in context

Yes it's obvious Japan's dear leaders have been putting the Olympics, the economy and until last week the cherry blossoms before the health and wellbeing of the people.

However the good people of Japan and its media mostly been blissfully complacent as events have unfolded, and at risk of being flamed, a bit smug when South Korea battled it's Coronavirus outbreak last month.

Governor Suzuki in Hokkaido has done his best though.

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Posted in: Organizers set up task force to deal with Olympic postponement See in context

Fully understand Mr Mori's feelings but sir with due respect...with the Olympics postponed and at almost 83 years of age and having ongoing cancer treatment it might be time to step down if this is a "predicament"

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Posted in: Tokyo's delayed Olympics: Who pays bills for another year? See in context

The taxpayers will pay. The cost is already astronomical. Coronavirus aside the price tag blew out from 7 billion to around 30 billion. Did Tokyo lie to the IOC back in 2013?

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

What about the fishermen in Fukushima!

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Posted in: Koike urges cooperation to avoid Tokyo lockdown See in context

Friend of mine laughed when I told him that my family had prepped and planned for 6-8 weeks total lockdown. Food, water, rice, cash, medicine, toilet paper, bills paid, games, kids books, etc..

I've been through two earthquakes here. Admittedly there weren't big shortages of goods or public disorder the time but I feel this is different and I'll be stuffed if I'm going to have to stand outside a supermarket at 7am waiting to go in and buy a riceball.

Thank me later.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics seem sure to happen — but in 2021, not 2020 See in context

It's almost like Tokyo and Japan will be the last to find out.

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Posted in: Why haven't the Tokyo Olympics been postponed already? See in context

Good post @Wolfpack The Olympics is Abe's only legacy.

He has always been a nationalist not an economist.

I don't of anyone whose lot in life has improved under Abenomics.

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

But the Tokyo government has urged citizens to refrain from hanami parties given the crisis.


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Posted in: Cherry blossom viewing parties wither away due to coronavirus outbreak See in context

Windy and cool in East Osaka today with a few trees beginning to bloom. A lot of families and groups of people out enjoying themselves though at a big park near my place.

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Posted in: Governors ask people to avoid Osaka-Hyogo trips during long weekend See in context

"I think an explosive spread can happen anytime in Hyogo Prefecture. Since the number of infected people has also been increasing in Osaka, we have to be on alert," Yoshimura said.

Come again? Based on what?

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Posted in: Doubts growing in Japan over Tokyo Olympics See in context

There is already way too much disruption to many athletes preparation and trials let alone the stress in some cases of their daily life right now.

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Posted in: Japan finds 15 clusters of coronavirus-infected people See in context

School kids everywhere today at the big Aeon Mall near me. I was only there for an hour but noticed McDonalds was packed with big groups eating and playing games, game center was busy and public seating areas taken up by more young teens hanging out. Guess they are getting bored with all the time off.

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Posted in: Coronavirus to cut foreign visitors' spending in Japan by estimated ¥981.3 bil See in context

Lived and worked in Japan through the 90s and noughties. Could walk through downtown Osaka somedays and barely see a foreign face let alone hear Chinese or Korean being spoken.

Just how did Japan survive back then with miniscule foreign tourist numbers?

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Posted in: Australian home affairs minister Peter Dutton tests positive for coronavirus See in context

58 new cases in the last 24 hours in Australia, 22 new cases in Japan...?

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Posted in: Trump first foreign leader to call for postponing Tokyo Olympics See in context


"Brush aside" Abe and "Cherry blossom" Koike just got the okay to suspend the games and blame it on those pesky foreign world leaders.

Must be a relief for them as no one expects Japan or Tokyo to know what to do.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic flame lit in Greece amid virus precautions See in context

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach stressed the Tokyo Olympics will go ahead as planned.

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Posted in: Scrapping cherry blossom parties like taking hugs away from Italians: Koike See in context

Ridiculous analogy.

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Posted in: Lower house passes virus bill allowing Abe to declare emergency See in context

Great photo!

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Posted in: Local gov'ts urged to prepare hospitals for peak of virus infections See in context

"The ministry has also asked local governments to decide which medical institutions will deal with those who need to be hospitalized, receive intensive care or be put on a respirator. The municipalities are also asked to prepare the necessary medical equipment and supplies" words

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

"Japan begins coronavirus travel restrictions for China, S Korea"

Meanwhile daily new infections are down in both China and South Korea yet continue to increase in Italy, Iran, Germany and the US.

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Posted in: Abe in dilemma as coronavirus response could cut both ways See in context

Well better on Hachiko then the used ones thrown on the street, hung on a tree branch or just tossed in the small waterway near my home.

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Posted in: Confirmed coronavirus patient in Aichi told to go home, goes bar hopping instead See in context

"After smacking his lips on tasty finger-foods and knocking back a few drinks, which in all likelihood resulted in him using the restroom and not properly washing his hands several times"

I'd say that's a given.

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Posted in: Australian stores ration toilet paper amid coronavirus panic buying See in context

The TP games began in Hong Kong and Singapore about a month ago.

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Posted in: Abe says gov't ready to boost fiscal spending for virus-hit economy See in context

"retailers reliant on inbound tourism"

How times change. I've lived in Japan close to three decades and there was a time not that long ago when that statement would be impossible to even imagine.

The Japanese have become cash poor paupers due to non existent wage growth, tax increases and other rising living costs under this PM.

So fire up that yen printing press Mr Abe! I urge you to!

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Posted in: Nearly all prefectures shut schools over virus outbreak See in context

Thanks Educator60!!

My bad.

Just watching the Osaka news. They aren't saying what live house in Osaka or how many people infected. You would think they would be telling people who had been there to self isolate especially if they have symptoms.

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