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Posted in: Abe announces lifting of state of emergency for 39 prefectures See in context

With intentionally limited testing means inaccurate lowering case numbers. Wealth and government jobs over citizens/residents health here!

Sounds good, the main population cities aren’t have their state of emergency lifted though. Makes it super tempting for people to visits or temporarily move to these cities right?

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Posted in: Gov't eyes lifting virus emergency in most prefectures on Thursday See in context

@noriahojanen

All talk, no numbers and facts. No numbers and stats, no talk! Lack of testing leads to fake numbers, that is folly to believe in reality.

Constitutional Democratic Party secretary general Tetsuro Fukuyama told the committee that the number of those who sought consultation had surpassed 1 million, but that less than 60,000 coronavirus tests had been conducted.

Japan has performed only 1.68 tests per 1,000 people, compared with South Korea’s 12.95, Germany’s 32.89 and New Zealand’s 39.47, according to Our World in Data, a research team at the University of Oxford.

Do I stutter?

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Posted in: Gov't eyes lifting virus emergency in most prefectures on Thursday See in context

@Reckless

Believe what you wanna believe. Just remember the testing has been intentionally limited to 1.82 people per 1000 less than 1%. Foolish to believe any numbers from the Japanese government. Herd immunity is exactly what it means, being a sheep and following the herd jumping off a cliff...

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Posted in: Gov't eyes lifting virus emergency in most prefectures on Thursday See in context

@lesenfant

Well said!

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Posted in: Gov't eyes lifting virus emergency in most prefectures on Thursday See in context

@noriahojanen

Fair enough. The reality is that people and more importantly governments react and use the numbers to make big decisions. So without accurate numbers it’s undeniably wealth over health which I don’t expect anything else in this country (being America-centric). No accountability for infections/deaths is being taken here, just dumped onto the health care system and their vulnerable workers! Glad they’ll have blood on their hands not me.

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Posted in: Gov't eyes lifting virus emergency in most prefectures on Thursday See in context

@noriahojanen

Reported death rate? Not sure that’s accurate either? If reporting is not accurate for testing, fundamentally all data goes out the window.

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Posted in: Gov't eyes lifting virus emergency in most prefectures on Thursday See in context

With testing rates amongst the lowest in the world at 1.82 people per 1000 who can trust the case numbers? Could be 10x the reported amount? Abe has intentionally limited testing to cover up the real numbers. Tokyo won’t be lifting the state of emergency unless they’re bowing to pressure for wealth/babysitting over health? Wouldn’t surprise me though.

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Posted in: More than 90% of Tokyo hospital beds for COVID-19 patients filled See in context

The case numbers are surely fake as Japan is outrageously only testing 1.82 people out of 1000 people! The real numbers could be 10X what the media are reporting as Abe has intentionally limited testing to cover up the real spreading. Anyone who lives here knows that the TV channels are highly politically biased and can’t be trusted.

This story on number of beds is a distraction to the real news.

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Posted in: 4.7 mil tweets criticize Abe plan to raise retirement age for prosecutors See in context

Hard to find a balance here. Agree that 65 is more realistic financially for the economy. The real fundamental problem in the economy is being covered up (内緒) here. Womenomics has failed and fake pensions aren’t to be relied on either.

Yes, the baby boomers have too much benefits and power/seniority so I can see the bad side of the policy to extend this holds back the economy and newer/innovative businesses and staff progressing. This could be the biggest underlying issue though?

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Posted in: Japan looks to lift emergency in some areas ahead of May 31 See in context

Tokyo won’t be lifting the state of emergency soon unfortunately. Something is better than nothing though.

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Posted in: Abe, Trump agree to cooperate on COVID-19 fight See in context

Considering the difference in number of cases/deaths it’s a no brainer with hidden agenda undertones though. The “second” most powerful country would be delighted with this news.

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Posted in: More businesses reopen as gov't eyes end to emergency measures in some regions See in context

Patience is a virtue. Being tested to it's limit here.

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Posted in: Schools reopen in some parts of Japan after pandemic shutdown See in context

As Tokyo apartments are very tight for space it’s no wonder you can’t swing a cat. It’s ironic therefore that the countryside schools get to reopen first, as everyone floods to Tokyo from these areas. Bet those Aomori and Tottori prefecture kids are having the last laugh now at the kids in Tokyo!

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Posted in: Why some planes are crowded even with air travel down See in context

Greedy as charged. Prioritising the bottom line above passengers health and safety isn’t encouraging for the future of airline travel. Hoping for big improvements by early next year realistically though.

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Posted in: People return to work under extended emergency after Golden Week See in context

The picture doesn’t suggest that teleworking has been adopted much does it?

"They cannot take part in extracurricular activities (at school) and are building up stress staying at home. I am concerned about their physical and mental health if this continues for long," he said.

This was a wonderful opportunity to spend “quality” time with his children. Seems as if he wasn’t improving their physical or mental health during this time.

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Posted in: Flour products sell online for outrageous prices in Japan See in context

Who’d thought this white powder would be worth gold dust prices? I thought I was looking at a Japanese food shop outside of Japan when I saw the prices!

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Posted in: Tokyo to pay more to businesses that remain closed until May 31 See in context

Best of a bad bunch springs to mind. Being the Tokyo Governor is nothing compared to the PM. Abe is getting ready to jump ship. Governor of Osaka, Yoshimura is better IMO.

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Posted in: Foreign workers feel the pain of 'corona job cuts' in Japan See in context

Most countries in the world does this not just Japan. I’m quite critical/against Japan’s old-fashioned work culture and employment policies, this is the reality for most foreigners though. They know the risks and consequences. As the ageing population increases the competition from immigrants will be fierce as Japan is still considered a “developed” country in terms of economy and manufacturing.

Of course things should be improved and now’s the perfect opportunity to do so. Only time will tell.

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Posted in: Abe extends virus state of emergency until May 31 See in context

The underlying problem is the government literally cannot afford to bleed more cash from getting insurance claims of ¥100M for every death caused by lifting lockdown too early. If they get rid of this out dated legislation and updated it to 21st century standards then lifting lockdown would be much easier. Too late though, so it’s another shoulda, coulda, woulda outcome. Hopefully, when things get better this will be addressed, I’m afraid it won’t though.

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Posted in: Abe extends virus state of emergency until May 31 See in context

Nope lack of legislation reforms wins again.

This year is a write-off.

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Posted in: Abe looks to extend state of emergency through May 31 See in context

If and that’s a big IF, the government has worked out carefully that the overall best balanced solution is to be more optimistic by reopening then the people who are in dire need for reopening, i.e. facing eviction, homelessness or financial disaster can take the risk to go back to work. The less needy and more pessimistic will without thinking, stay at home and social distance anyway, and more likely have less short-term financial issues. Finally, this should work as infections are recoverable and are no where near 100% certain death. The main issue is not overwhelming the hospitals that are overwhelmed but will within weeks have capacity.

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Posted in: Abe looks to extend state of emergency through May 31 See in context

Let’s see the details tomorrow. Good news, need to check exactly what public facilities l will be reopened such as sports centres.

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Posted in: Gov't to set guidelines on economic restart on Monday See in context

Just following America like sheep as usual. Economy first, human cost second.

Failure of teleworking cover up with closure of schools has been a joke. Didn’t really achieve anything based on the number of cases. If anything made the public costs worse.

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Posted in: Cash handout program won't start soon in many cities See in context

So 1990s using paperwork and cash society methods. Japan will miss out on the greatest opportunity to enter 2020. It’s all downhill from here...

June 2020 handout for a March lockdown is outrageous but not surprising at all either.

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Posted in: Gov't suggests schools reopen for some grades See in context

Without Legislation reform the schools will be bankrupt once a child dies from COVID-19. So basically reopening schools is at the headmaster’s risk and getting sued for ¥100M per child. Who wants to be accountable for that?

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Posted in: Child care chaos looms if both parents fall ill with coronavirus See in context

Child care infrastructure not ready, been parked for a generation and people wonder why there’s a declining population. Add in encouraging parents to only work part-time on zero hours into the mix and we’ve arrived at the riskiest country to raise children

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Posted in: Abe seeks to extend state of emergency by about a month See in context

World's worst kept secret revealed!

Extension 2 of 6?

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Posted in: Liverpool mayor fears 'farcical' scenes if Premier League resumes See in context

If they wish, award the title with an asterisk.

Season ended early due to COVID-19. 92 games were unable to be played.

Mathematically...

CL places were as stands on...

Relegation places were as stands on...

Wait a minute this does some farcical doesn’t it?

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Posted in: Liverpool mayor fears 'farcical' scenes if Premier League resumes See in context

Both necessary evils here, just which is least worse. Unfortunately, that’s null and void as it aggrieves less clubs.

Correct, bottom line is prioritising lives above resumption. Get over it!

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