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

There are currently only 100 Tokyo hospital beds for serious infectious diseases,

according to Motoko Rich in today's New York Times.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/26/world/asia/japan-coronavirus.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage

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

Koke preparing us for a complete lockdown?

Goodbye Golden Week?

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

They must finally be starting to test people. About time.

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Posted in: Stop the clock: Japan wakes up to reality of Olympics postponement See in context

It's about time. Get the hospitals ready. And test, test, test.

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Posted in: Japanese comedian Ken Shimura tests positive for COVID-19 See in context

Glad to hear that he has a respirator or ventilator. That kind of equipment is in short supply in NYC.

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Posted in: Japanese comedian Ken Shimura tests positive for COVID-19 See in context

We are all vulnerable. Stay safe. Avoid crowds.

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Posted in: Warnings fail to stop Japanese crowds from viewing cherry blossoms See in context

Tokyo=New York=Milan.

Wake up.

The time to smell the flowers is over.

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Posted in: Experts warn Japanese growing complacent of coronavirus risk See in context

Hopefully now that the focus is being taken off the Olympics, the government will switch its priority to keeping people healthy and alive. Get those hospitals ready: staff, protective equipment and ICU ventilators. Test as many as possible.

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Posted in: Over 1.5 billion globally told to stay home to avoid virus See in context

When will Tokyo and Osaka be locked down?

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

We may be three weeks behind Italy.

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Posted in: Expert panel discourages large gatherings, recommends reopening some schools See in context

Close all schools. Now. Please.

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

Please stay home. Thank you.

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Posted in: Abe says schools to reopen after spring break; remains cautious about big events See in context

How did they get those protective face masks?

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Posted in: No. of coronavirus infections in Japan passes 1,000 See in context

Masks have been completely sold out since about January 26th.

Why can't we get them?

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Posted in: No. of coronavirus infections in Japan passes 1,000 See in context

Please do more testing. Nursing homes, healthcare workers and teachers. Restaurant staff, public transportation workers and hotel staff. Please. Anyone with a fever or cough.

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Posted in: Coronavirus fears shut bars, borders; WHO urges world to ‘test, test, test’ See in context

Over 126 million people. Just 825 confirmed cases?

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Posted in: Scramble for hospital beds in Nagoya shows coronavirus challenge for aging Japan See in context

Let's buy those respirators and ventilators now. Let's start training staff who will use them ASAP. This is a wakeup call. We can beat this thing.

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Posted in: Abe, Johnson to work closely over coronavirus response See in context

Irony?

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Posted in: Abe, Johnson to work closely over coronavirus response See in context

Shaking hands? Really?

Moderator: It is a file photo from last year.

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Posted in: Tokyo gov't urges people to refrain from cherry blossom parties in parks See in context

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/html/20200304/k10012313341000.html

A part time worker at McDonalds in Kyoto has tested positive according to NHK. She got it at a nightclub in Osaka.

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Posted in: Kyoto starts new 'Empty' tourism campaign to attract tourists during coronavirus outbreak See in context

"Avoid crowds and non-essential gatherings."??????

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Posted in: 'A floating prison': Cruise of Asia ends in virus quarantine See in context

That ship docked in Naha last Saturday Feb. 1st and passengers went sightseeing. 13 people did no reboard. Scary.

From Japan Times on Wednesday:

naha-alert-coronavirus-last-week-quarantine-cruise-ship

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Posted in: Coronavirus cases on cruise ship in Yokohama jump to 61 See in context

That cruise ship stopped in Naha, Okinawa last Saturday, Feb 1st, and quite a few passengers went sightseeing for over nine hours, before returning.

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Posted in: Man who dumped wife’s body in sea admits using wedding money to pay off debt See in context

Paying off student loans?

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Posted in: Okayama buses strike by continuing to run and refusing to take anyone’s money See in context

Free public transport might be the next big idea for more livable cities.

http://bigthink.com/think-tank/should-all-public-transit-be-free

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