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: Experts warn of health care collapse in Japan if virus keeps spreading See in context

I will say these things seem highly plausible, but not definitive, so I wont post sources as facts, but to blame Trump for his is giving China a pass and being intellectually lazy, even as they are supposedly helping the world with this pandemic. Their economy is recovering while the US is in the tank. IMO, there should of been even more tighter immigration controls, because its reported thousands of Chinese traveled out of Wuhan and to the world after the findings. The world was under the illusion that all was ok, when in fact, the virus was being spread.

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Posted in: Experts warn of health care collapse in Japan if virus keeps spreading See in context

My Japanese company director still thinks Japan is doing a great job at handling the virus. He says that foreigners don’t follow order and have no self discipline that’s why we see so many cases.

Yes but watch them swoop up any new drug like there is no tomorrow that shows results developed in the UK or US, then claim they invented it.

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Posted in: Experts warn of health care collapse in Japan if virus keeps spreading See in context

They need to be reporting on drugs and trial progress results. Once it goes to ARDS, its all but certain death. Some real nasty stuff here. Couple that with Japanese with black lungs due to chain smoking, and the old folks homes, not a good thing at all.

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Posted in: Japan 'on the brink' as it struggles to hold back coronavirus See in context

Don't blame Trump? A guy that deliberately ignored and undermined the entire coronavirus response from the beginning?

But so did everyone else, anyways thats past. with this pandemic, one week is past; next week? who knows what the number will be. Its what we do today. My point is, its full attack mode now, except in Japan, but if you want to believe all is fine, on you, I dont.

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Posted in: Japan 'on the brink' as it struggles to hold back coronavirus See in context

Yeah this is some serious stuff, I dont blame Trump as he was ignorant, as we all were from the jump but to ignore and continue with the gambaru Japan group gatherings and arrogant ware ware Nipponjin so we so special crap is just insanity. I never follow any of them. Once you get ARDS...wow, nasty stuff indeed. I cant even imagine India and what will happen.

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Posted in: Japan 'on the brink' as it struggles to hold back coronavirus See in context

That picture looks like Japan pretty much anywhere you go. Everybody dressed the same, wearing those mask (long popular before the corona to hide behind) and miserable

JETs are also on their own as their contracts are not being renewed until schools are open again. They should have got out if Japan while they could. 

I seem to recall a precedent for this? That is...leaving contracted teachers out to dry during bankruptcies etc.?

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Posted in: Savoring truffle pasta & red wine in Omotesando with Sarah Crago See in context

Extraordinary woman; Japan is extremely difficult to set up a business, I cant even imagine doing it as a foreign woman with no spouse here. Wow.

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Posted in: U.S. death toll eclipses China's as reinforcements head to New York See in context

If they had real journalistic values they would send reporters into Hubei and Wuhan to get the true story.

There were good CNN reporters in China, like the young man who covered the Muslim prisons, but in the US, their journalism had dropped off and became a clown show from long ago. They should be keeping us updated on vaccine treatments developments and progress weekly. Now that one of them has the virus, I expect more of the "stir the pot" Trump blame and taking shots and jabs, things out of context to fit their narrative and other weak un American behaviors they have stooped too. Interestingly, Dems arent taking shots, only because it would become all the more transparent what their objectives are, and people dont have the appetite for it now.

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Posted in: Tokyo records most new coronavirus cases in a day as pressure for lockdown builds See in context

Outside world loves to praise Japan and its trains, but actually they can be hell. Prefer green routes into work, riding an ebike, could open up a whole new industry. Of course nobody expects this pandemic to influence them to change that, but who knows

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Posted in: Tokyo records most new coronavirus cases in a day as pressure for lockdown builds See in context

Trains are the lifeblood of Japan. In California, many people have never been on a train.

Would have to disagree a bit, I dont really need a train to go to the market, perhaps to work but many old Japanese live a simple existence of aparto room to supa to pachinko to gusto the back to apato. maybe a sit in the park, sip a chu hi and watch the wildlife (pigeons, crows, occasional rat) and that wraps up their day

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Posted in: Tokyo records most new coronavirus cases in a day as pressure for lockdown builds See in context

The US usually takes awhile to get things right, and there is usually struggle, but when they commit to something, the go hard at it and you can see results (with the exception of shootings)

Japan, however, likes to wait. They watch the outside, struggle and some ridicule it, then they copy/modify the results of that struggle. Ive seen them do allot.

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Posted in: Country singer Joe Diffie dies of coronavirus complications See in context

I think Twain is Canadian (too lazy to google it) There are some newer ones on the scene, I cant even believe they are country....some awful sounding guy named Keith? Yes I forgot the great Kenny Rogers. Southern Rock? The 2 that stand out for me are Molly Hatchet and the original Skynard.

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Posted in: Tokyo records most new coronavirus cases in a day as pressure for lockdown builds See in context

With limited testing for the virus, doubts linger in Tokyo about how widely it has spread

All things absurd Japan and business as usual. Still, curious as to why there hasnt been an increase in deaths like in the US, even after more exposure here since January.

Also, Im not hating on Chinese, I actually sometimes find them more easier to get along with than Japanese. What I dont understand however is why this year the virus made the jump from bat to chicken? to human, after centuries of wet markets and exposure. Why this year? They are saying mutation, but that seems odd.

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Posted in: Abe, Aso to avoid same meetings as precaution against virus infection See in context

I think any avoidance with Aso is a good thing; one of the most useless politicians Japan has ever seen

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Posted in: Country singer Joe Diffie dies of coronavirus complications See in context

Hmm, interesting but when I refer to classic CW, I mean like the Oak Ridge boys, Statler Bros, Barbra Mandrell, Lee Greenwood, Belamy Bros, Hank Williams Jr, Eddie Rabbit, Rebba Mcintire, Tammy Wynette, Don Williams, Atlanta, George Jones, Myrle Haggard, Dolly Parton, Crystal Gale, The Forrester Sisters, Charlie Daniels Band, Jerry Lee Lewis., some cross over like Crosby Stills and Nash, Steve Miller Band etc..and many other greats that a few of us had the privilege of enjoying on great country radio stations back then. I think it was the great, late George Jones that sang "who gonna fill their shoes" Nobody really ever did as most of what came later was total crap. CW in the Southern US had its own stars and culture, similar to what you find in the enka scene in Japan today. Their roots were in the poor South, R&B, gospel quartets, dirt poor upbringings but happy times, telling stories. Somewhere starting in the late 80s, the US CW Nashville scene started to cross over to pop, sell outs and other fake wanna be artist arrived with big cowboy hats and belt buckles with all the same cringe worthy sounds.

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Posted in: U.S. coronavirus death toll rises past 3,000 on deadliest day; New York governor begs for help See in context

There was a gov in NH who is a trained engineer, thinking like a leader and outside the blame box, is sourcing local companies to use 3D print technology for respirator mfg. Many around the world are doing this to include Spain. Those who put all their eggs in the Fed basket seem to be failing the worse, due to their lack of foresight and planning. When stuff hits the fan, back to the usual...blame Trump.

He has thrown trillions at it, companies are doing trial vaccine runs now, testing is available in the thousands, 2 hospital ships mobilized. What else do you want from him?

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Posted in: U.S. coronavirus death toll rises past 3,000 on deadliest day; New York governor begs for help See in context

That's got to be due to the lack of leadership and the mixed messages coming from very the top of the leadership pyramid- the Presidency.

Get off of that blame crap already; its getting tired. Everybody in every country from day one misjudged this thing. Whats important now is the people who are innovating and retooling to hit this hard. Factories are stepping up and all kinds of ideas being put out there. Blame is useless now.

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Posted in: Country singer Joe Diffie dies of coronavirus complications See in context

Never heard of him, but I stopped listening to CW music once Nashville transitioned to Garth Brooks and the new stuff (now thats considered classic I guess) Real country was back in the 70s and 80s. What they play now is a joke

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Posted in: Tokyo's infection spike after Olympic postponement sparks questions See in context

With the Olympics now off, many are voicing suspicion that the numbers are rising because Japan suddenly has no reason to hide them

Ha ha, everybody knew it. Why the late wokeness? Interesting however, seeing Hatoyama attack Koike in open like this, rare to see Japanese do that

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Posted in: Japanese comedian Ken Shimura dies from coronavirus-caused pneumonia See in context

Shivering coal mine

A little, old canary

Alert us of the bomb

not necessarily. Shimura was not exactly a walking example of all things healthy. He was a heavy smoker and drinker, with reduced lung capacity Im sure.

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Posted in: Japanese comedian Ken Shimura dies from coronavirus-caused pneumonia See in context

yeah I watched the drifters allot back in the day, and it was funny stuff. having said that, Shimura is a kind of model of what many Japanese men are; heavy smokers, drinkers and womanizers at clubs etc.

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Posted in: Trump extends virus guidelines; Fauci warns U.S. could face up to 200,000 coronavirus deaths See in context

Dr. Sanjay Gupta: Ten billion dollars over the next 10 years to make it “the year of the vaccines.” What does that mean exactly?

appreciate that, but this leading expert was also saying, like everybody else a few months ago, there was no concern. re-run the tapes and see for yourself.

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Posted in: Trump extends virus guidelines; Fauci warns U.S. could face up to 200,000 coronavirus deaths See in context

yeah this virus is no joke; just heard that that ken shimura san guy died. He was a smoker, so that should motivate to quit that nasty habit, but this virus aint nothing to play with

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Posted in: N Korea fires two short-range ballistic missiles into Sea of Japan See in context

It’s just sad to see this ahole doing his thing when the world is fixing itself.

I expected this, and Russia has been quite but I suspect something from that side as well. Touchy feely is not how these people operate; this virus has exposed a vulnerability in defenses. You can bet there will be a vaccine that covers the spectrum or else...just a matter of time before these and other actors are up to no good.

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Posted in: 58 infected with coronavirus at welfare facility in Chiba See in context

Looking at the picture, are there any specialist that we CAN trust on that task force? Or are they all politicians that have no idea what they are doing

Yes, Fukushima repeat. Many briefings from clueless panels and hype to keep us "informed" At least this time its not a Japan specific problem, meaning we can make decisions based on how its being dealt with abroad. The Fukushima disaster was truly terrifying because the strange hunker down mentality and trust the top kicked in, but all the while most knew it was not to be trusted.

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Posted in: 58 infected with coronavirus at welfare facility in Chiba See in context

yeah I thought this was going to happen. Once it gets into those homes, it wont be good.

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

Japanese get the TB shot when young, wondering if this has any effect on providing some immunity?

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Posted in: Stormy year ahead for Japan's tourism industry See in context

Im sure it will be a blow to the tourism economy because allot of outsiders consider all Asian countries to be the same, and since this started in China, well honestly speaking, many consider both countries to be the same.

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Posted in: New York, New Orleans hospitals reel as U.S. leads world in coronavirus cases See in context

its not a MRI machine. It inflates the lung, patient exhales and according to some closed loop feedback the machine monitors and inflates again. So yes, it is simple

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Posted in: New York, New Orleans hospitals reel as U.S. leads world in coronavirus cases See in context

google simple ventilator type 555 timer

of course its not production ready but goes to show with some innovation anything can be made

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