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: Foreigners with humanitarian needs will be exempt from Japan re-entry ban See in context

Being a bit selfish, but I hope the travel ban to people from the UK will be lifted by November...

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Posted in: Hamilton slams 'white-dominated' F1 for silence over Floyd death See in context

This is just another cause celebre... next week the media and the celebs will move onto something else to wring their hands over. Mr Floyd's death was horrible, we all agree on that, but to have racing drivers and rappers telling us to feel guilty and whatever... sorry no.

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Posted in: Me and we: Individual rights, common good and coronavirus See in context

Governments always have an excuse for taking away freedoms, I'm glad some people aren't falling for it. It's unfortunate that so many are so willing to give them up.

Bollox... The rights of the majority of people not to be infected or die from a virus MUST outweigh your rights as an individual. Think about other people for a change.

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Posted in: Taking aim See in context

Japanese equipment seems to be overengineered... like their cars

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Posted in: Telework challenge: Do you find it easy to work, live and relax in the same space? See in context

I'm not enjoying working from home at all. Can I work from home? Yes. Do I enjoy it? No

It just feels wrong that I have to treat my living room, my home as an office. I know it can't be helped, but it means that I never see other walls. As for constant MS Teams meetings... THAT feels like an intrusion.

So it is difficult and in some respects easier... but I hate it with a passion.

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Posted in: In Japan's elderly-care homes, coronavirus tests limits of overstretched staff See in context

The same situation in UK care homes - it seems that they have become the front line of the fight against the virus. I'm wondering how many countries have the same situation.

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Posted in: Many Japanese defy appeals to stay home to curb virus See in context

For a country so paranoid about passing on things like the cold and wearing masks it's strange that people are not following instructions to stay at home and keep safe.

I've been in lockdown since the middle of March (we were sent home and instructed to take our work laptops with us so we could work from home) and it's not a lot of fun. Working from home is tedious and frustrating, but as we're always being told: it saves lives and helps the NHS.

Come on Japan... you know the right thing to do.

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Posted in: Do you think big tech companies like Facebook should face tougher rules and penalties if they failed to curb hate speech and disinformation? See in context

Freedom of speech doesn't mean insulting people, or groups of people, or inciting hatred and/or violence towards them. This isn't political correctness, it's common decency, something sadly lacking on social media at times.

People deserve the right to enjoy social media and the benefits thereof without some loudmouth gobshite spouting off about this or that to make a name for themselves... and there are plenty of them on social media. Corporations provide a place for social discourse, and they encourage us to get involved... like any gatekeepers they should be responsible for keeping people safe.

If you are in a car and one of your passengers decides NOT to use a seatbelt. It is YOUR responsibility as the owner and driver to make sure everyone is safely belted in. Social media companies have that same duty of care.

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Posted in: Residents snitch on businesses, neighbors amid shutdowns See in context

Yeah, we have regulation flouting idiots in my street too... pretty sure you aren't allowed to have relatives visiting so they can help out in your garden... not essential travel and breaks the social distancing rules.

If I wasn't afraid of my door being kicked in or my car getting smashed I'd report them.

I don't like the article using the word 'snitch'. It makes those of us who want people to do the right thing seem like the bad guys.

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Posted in: Japan said to favor home-grown design for next-generation fighter See in context

Maybe it sprouts arms and legs?

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

So Japan is about to experience what we have had in the UK for several weeks - idiots stockpiling because they think things will run out... and causing the very shortages they fear.

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Posted in: Outdoor smokers on the rise as April law set to take effect See in context

Are there any anti-smoking campaigns in Japan?

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Posted in: Abe says Trump supports Olympic postponement 100% See in context

Abe really needs to stop being Trump's poodle... does he admire him or something?

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

That was like here in the UK yesterday - Mothering Sunday, a bright sunny day and people flocked to the countryside and coastal resorts as if nothing was happening. Bloody idiots.

Stay at home, Japan... don't spread the virus because you want to see pretty blossom.

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Posted in: New Zealand goes on lockdown to fight virus See in context


Scary how freedoms can so easily be taken away

Better than catching the virus, passing it on and people losing loved ones because of it.

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Posted in: Qantas cuts more flights, including to Tokyo, Sapporo, Osaka See in context

In China Hubei province (excluding Wuhan) have said there are no new cases... so that's surely a reason to be optimistic? If it's true and the virus starts to fizzle out then hopefully the airlines can get back to normal and we can all look forward to our holidays in the summer and beyond.

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Posted in: Panic buying follows coronavirus across the globe See in context


So, to be fair, just because people are stocking up on emergency supplies doesn't mean everybody's panicked. That is what experts recommended, after all. Unfortunately, when millions of people try to prepare at the same time, the supply can't keep up.

Which experts? Prof Cleetus P Stoatchaser of the Arkansas Survivalist Brotherhood?

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Posted in: Takeda Pharmaceutical says it is developing coronavirus drug See in context

Its research requires access to the blood of people who have recovered from the respiratory disease or who have been vaccinated, once a vaccine is developed, Takeda said.

Surely if a vaccine is developed there would be little need for a drug that isn't a vaccine? Why not just develop a vaccine?

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Posted in: Panic buying follows coronavirus across the globe See in context

Obsessively documented on social media, scrambles to the shops and empty shelves are adding panic and confusion to the fight against an epidemic that has killed thousands, placed millions under quarantine and battered global markets.

There you are... the sort of material that induces panic... the media and social media are adding fuel to the fire. Just report the FACTS... and if you don't know... don't report it!!

And I agree with Cambodia - treat the spread of lies and sensationalist reporting as terrorism - after all, it's causing fear and panic, which is a form of terrorism.

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Posted in: Trump says U.S. watching Japan closely for possible travel restriction See in context

For people saying that Japan is under-reporting... in any country you can only test so many people - unless you frog-march every single person down to the local testing clinic every day of the week you will never get a truly accurate number.

Take the 50odd million people in Scotland... we have three cases so far... but I don't see lines of people queuing to get tested... so how many people are tested? So far NHS Scotland has tested maybe 900 people, and we have 3 cases, none of which are serious it seems. IS that under-reporting? Or just not testing enough people?

Same in Japan... do they test every single person? The death rate may then end up being something like 0.05% rather than 1%, because those rates are based on the number of people they know have contracted the virus.

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Posted in: Trump says U.S. watching Japan closely for possible travel restriction See in context


Yahoo Search; wuhan china biological warfare center

And I end with; Remember who started this mess!!

Seriously? What is it with Americans and bloody conspiracy theories? It's crap like this which leads to people being assaulted on the street for simply being Asian... there is no-one to blame for this.

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Posted in: Store shelves stripped of toilet paper amid coronavirus fears See in context

How long before the people handing out paper tissues get mugged?

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Posted in: In dealing with the coronavirus, the British government’s scientific advisers recommend against restricting public gatherings and mass transit systems because the likely health benefits are not significant. They say that maintaining business as normal is crucial to maintaining health services, supply chains, food distribution, and essential services such as utilities, banking and transportation. The emphasis should instead be on encouraging all those who have symptoms to stay at home and avoid spreading their illness. Do you agree? See in context


Stay at home, until the vaccine is ready, stock up with food and meds. Do online shopping until stocks run out, , only go out if really necessary, like to chop wood or to obtain fuel for warmth, use AC heating if available. because it will only be a week before fuel run out. when this really kick off. We live in a "just in time" market place and a week is the max before run outs occur. Start it now, don't wait any longer.

It the Elites that want us to keep up normality because they are and will be the biggest finical lossers. Protect yourself and family first.

Seriously? Well, you crawl off back to your bunker and prepare for the apocalypse. For the rest of us, the alternative to the government's advice is to panic: run about like headless chickens, buying up all the bog roll and staying alive on Pot Noodles and tea.

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Posted in: Angry confrontation breaks out after man coughs on Yamanote Line train in Tokyo See in context

This is when mass hysteria kicks in... when the mobs start looking for people to blame... the Chinese and other Asians have been targeted in the West by imbeciles... and now we have that same fear aimed at someone having a cough. What next... someone beaten for not wearing a mask at a station? Hysteria is more dangerous than the virus.

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Posted in: Abe says gov't will announce more measures on March 10 to counter virus See in context

-- the Chinese have responded quicker to the virus than here. given how quickly the virus spreads, I think unfortunately that the situation will become worse than in Wuhan and the longer we wait the worse it will be.

Given the exponential growth of the virus, one week of waiting means one more 0 in the numbers of cases and victims.

Japan has a more modern medical infrastructure than China, I have more faith in the Japanese to control the outbreak than the Chinese had.

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Posted in: IOC senior member: 3 months to decide fate of Tokyo Olympics See in context

Cannot be postponed due to the US NFL schedule that starts in September.

The Tokyo Olympics must end by the end of August.

Who cares about about American bloody football? One country doesn't dictate the date of the Olympics to suit a domestic sporting event

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Posted in: IOC senior member: 3 months to decide fate of Tokyo Olympics See in context

Of course this is assuming that the virus will still be at extinction level (well that's the impression I get from the media) and not eased off or gone by the summer.

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Posted in: 7 countries restrict entry from Japan to thwart new virus spread See in context

Even Ebola didn't have this mad hysteria and more people died from that!

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Posted in: 7 countries restrict entry from Japan to thwart new virus spread See in context

Japan has hardly any cases compared to the likes of China and South Korea (if you take the cruise liner out of the equation)... seems like overkill

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Posted in: Japan reports 3rd cruise ship passenger death; 57 more infected See in context


"The number of cases in Japan has been falsely inflated by the cruise liner."

Is the Diamond Princess not in Japan?

It's not the Japanese mainland, it isn't part of the population. If you take the number of people infected in Japan itself, not a cruise liner it's very small. The liner is an anomaly. It was an incubator for the virus before it even docked in Yokohama...

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