At a press conference on April 27, Nakagawa repeated his view that people should continue to wear masks as long as the fear of infection from COVID-19 remains.
Given all the fear mongering in Japan over this, it might take 10 years to open up the country, let alone reducing or eliminating useless mask wearing.
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The number of cases is not that relevant. Hospitalizations with serious conditions and deaths are what is important. Simply having it may not cause harm, but because the deaths and seriously infected are really slowing dowmn, it's not something the media can play up.
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Russian state media outlets reported Saturday that 25 civilians had been evacuated from the Azovstal steelworks, though there was no confirmation from U.N. or Ukrainian officials.
More like civilians were kidnapped and forced into Russia. This is not going to turn out well for Russia.
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So the article says "territorial waters". This could mean an EEZ intrusion or the 12 nautical miles of the coast rule. If the later, they need a real shadow, like 7th Fleet.
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As noted, this was doomed to fail. You can get very biased news for free. Why pay?
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So the same people that are all for "asylum seekers" flooding a country do not want it to happen to Japan. I think Australia is right to not want these economic migrants. Countries have borders for a reason.
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Having lived in Okinawa for almost 10 years, I found the people generally more sociable and accepting of those that are not Okinawan. Had many friends while there. I wonder if it's like this in Hokkaido?
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With the lowering of cases (and more importantly serious cases and deaths), Japan could slowly open up for tourism. Do it with the restrictions in place, and countries that are deemed safe. China would just have to wait.
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Japan will do what it sees best for it's population. For all of you crying racism, how would you react if China was at war an 1,000,000 came to Japan wanting asylum? Would you be all welcoming as you are with Middle Eastern people? I bet not.
Ukranians do not want to leave their country, and those that have want to go back. They will rebuild. If not, they assimilate, but that will not be a large number.
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Coulda beenMar. 19 02:52 pm JST
You are assuming that the CCP are truthful.
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So Putin is telling his people he must do this because there are Nazi's in Ukraine and they must be stopped. What other party calls their opposition Nazi's and wants them gone? Brown shirts?
I think Putin pulling the nuclear card scared NATO and the US into not getting directly involved. I fee most of Europe would have put troops / air support into play for this but now it's nuclear holocaust they are afraid of.
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I think having a US presence in the area is good for Taiwan and Japan. If there wasn't a US military force, then Taiwan would have already been captured, along with the whole Okinawan island chain.
And before you disparage this idea, look here:
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The good news is she was not injured in the attack. Hopefully this guys spends a lot of time in jail.
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Having lived in Germany during 2015 (was there 2011 - 2016), there is a stark difference between then with the muslim population and the Ukrainian's. The Ukrainian's eventually want to go back to their country. And if they don't, they'll assimilate like they should. Learn the local language and become productive in the society.
In 2015, the people coming in wanted the hand outs, got them. Got shelter, but were not trying to learn the language. Refuse to follow German customs, reproduced ad mad rates (see Malmo Sweden for the end result of this). Even the German's are getting tired of the issues these "refugees" have caused.
Unless you have seen this you really don't understand it. for most it's just a talking point. For me, it was horrible seeing bus stops get moved because of the men staring at the school children in the town. It was not a good thing for crime to go up. Exponentially. And not wanting to be in a city fussganger (pedestrian) zone after dark. I was glad to leave when I did. Germany changed a lot. And not for the better.
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This is a good reason to stay out of the Black Sea
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I did a PCR test on 31 December, with a 2 January departure to Haneda. The problem was the test cost $299 to get a same day result (needed that because of the holidays). And did the 15 days of quarantine in Japan before going to Okinawa. The only positive of the quarantine was being able to play golf twice.
A three day quarantine is not horrible.
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The problem with any type of "boots on the ground" solution is it will escalate. Then there are the nuclear weapons that Russia would use if they start taking horrific losses. This is why no one wants to hvae NATO just roll in right now.
Personally, I think the only thing Putin understands is brute force. And he knew with a weakened US president he would have zero issues. Now, if Nordstream 2 had been disapproved earlier, then we might not be in this pickle.
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"The government has also faced criticism over its failure to keep Omicron out of U.S. military bases, where Japan has no jurisdiction. American troops fly directly into the country without observing Japanese quarantine requirements and they were not tested for weeks, until Tokyo asked them to."
This is a half truth. There is a portion of the active duty force that comes in that way, but more come in commercially, and observe the quarantine as directed. I wish someone with editorial common sense would get this right. USFJ (US Forces Japan) puts out a daily COVID tracker and they can see the case loads among the US military.
And after spending January in Japan, all I can say is the measures they are taking are mostly for show. Multiple times, I saw Japanese not wearing masks correctly, no distancing, just getting on with life. Oh, and wearing masks universally, even walking alone outside, is stupid. It does nothing, prevents nothing, and is not based in science.
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I just spent two plus weeks in Okinawa, in the area of Chatan. "American Village" is a fairly large tourist spot, with large hotels, food, and shopping complexes plus it's next to the spring training site for the Chunichi Dragons baseball team. The place was a veritable ghost town. Normally, they have a large Korean and Chinese tourist population And with the American military restricted to base, these places had spotty Japanese tourists, and that was it. Once the American military personnel were allowed off base, things picked up a bit, but still nowhere near what it normally is.
I did appreciate not being surrounded by a lot of people, but the sheer amount of businesses shut down was horrible to see.
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TokyoLivingToday 01:44 pm JST
Don't mess with China..
The decadent and moribund self-proclaimed "champion" of the western civilization won't be a rival against the unstoppable rising power of the great Red Dragon from the East..
History repeats itself..
Time to the rise of eastern civilization..
You will see it with your open mouths..
Western Roman Empire 2.0.
Ha ha ha ha ha.... In China, some parts of the country still use human waste to fertilize crops, and you think they are a great power? The joke I needed today. Thanks.
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@Yubaru: Every governor runs on the "get rid of the bases" platform. they get into office, then turn around to the government and say don't cut off the sympathy budget. They all want the money for the bases. And the media (Ryukyu Shimpo and Okinawa Times play up to this rhetoric.
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Japan is not America. No one comes here for equality and social justice. Those who foolishly might can scream and complain all they want but it's not going to change anything. In fact as some have rightly pointed out, such behavior is counterproductive because Japanese will see it as a justification to keep people out. Look at the social turmoil all over America and American cities these days and ask: why would Japan want that?
Funny how the majority of the commenters here are western liberals that are crying about "social justice", COVID restrictions, etc. but because they are already in Japan they are siding with Japan to ensure their little bubble is protected. Just laughable.
And no, not every foreigner is in the "categories" listed by @Foreigner in Tokyo. The point is those that contribute to society should be allowed in. The fact that the Japanese government is doing these severe restrictions not based in science, but ulterior motives should shock no one.
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So it took Jack Dorsey stepping down for some common sense to prevail?
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zichiToday 10:12 am JST
Five days with two tests.
So this seems plausible. But my experience has been this:
Test one day before departure (negative)
Tested upon landing at Haneda (negative)5 days later tested, but no result until 7 days later (negative)
Still stuck on the base but I can walk around on the base only so not as bad as the jails (government "hotels") by the airport.
Now, on the other hand, we had a group fly in of 6 a day later, all had a negative to get on the plane, but one tested positive at Narita after landing (and standing for two hours in a crazy line), then one more tested positive 5 days later.
So maybe it's 3 tests, 5 days. Then day 6, as long as the last two are negative you should be good.
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How about a big dose of "we have no idea" if masks really do much:
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YrralToday 07:27 am JST
You can airfry French fries, they still are crisp, potatoes are the core of a Irish stew, I making tortillas soup, with ground chicken, black beans, corn, topped with rice and sour cream Google Tortilla Soup
This. An air fryer, some good fresh potatoes and bit of salt. Perfect. Oh, add about a teaspoon of oil. IT will taste great and very, very low fat.
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So all grocery shopping we do where they give us plastic bags we keep and reuse. Some for food waste, some for just garbage. Also, if you travel they are great for wrapping multiple things like bottles (think yakiniku sauce you can only get in Japan).
And Japan seems to have an affliction for plastic. This is a good thing.
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