William Cramer comments

Posted in: Gov't leaning toward ending Tokyo area state of emergency on March 21: report See in context

Burning BushMar. 14  05:24 pm JST

Capitalism must prevail, at any and all costs.

Human freedom must prevail at any and all costs.

That includes the freedom to stay home (or go out), to wear a mask (or not) and to get vaccinated (or not).

You make your choice, I'll make mine, and let's respect each other's choices.

I will 100% respect whatever choice you make.

> I totally understand where you are coming from, but I would just ask you and others sharing your approach to please wear a mask if you are in crowded public areas (transit, shopping centers, etc). You may be very healthy, but remember those that have health issues which places them at high risk for the virus. They too, must shop for daily items and take public transportation. I don't think that it is asking too much to respect others.

Best wishes,

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Posted in: COVID-19 numbers in Tokyo area creeping up, health minister says See in context

Yokota base commander eased restricted travel (https://www.stripes.com/news/pacific/air-force-commander-in-japan-allows-travel-to-all-of-tokyo-as-virus-numbers-dwindle-1.665015), which in my opinion was extremely reckless! I understand the frustrations of those at the base not being able to travel in-country, but consider those that are trying to return to Japan. An uptick in cases means longer state of emergency. I am a US citizen, retired AF, and with a Japan residence visa but cannot travel back to my home in Japan because of the state of emergency. Easing the travel restrictions of those at the base is also disrespectful to the Japanese people. You are placing them at higher risk. Everyone knows that young military members go out on town, drink and thus lose their "smarts" in doing what is right. They think that they are invincible and do not respect others that may be at a higher risk for this virus. I find the actions of this base commander to be unprofessional and disrespectful to the Japanese people. He/She should be reprimanded and possibly removed from their current position and reassigned to another base outside of Japan.

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Posted in: Ignore the coronavirus hysteria – now's the perfect time to visit Japan because airfares are cheap, there are less crowds and the chance of being infected with the virus is low. Do you agree? See in context

Living your life in fear is no way to live. Be smart, wash your hands often, where a mask if you think that you need to, but don't buy in to all the fear-mongering going on in most media outlets. I read a news article that said 85% of those infected do not even know it. They are not sick or showing any symptoms. Bottom line, just be smart and use common sense.

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Posted in: Japanese data on cruise ship coronavirus infections backs quarantine strategy See in context

There has never been a precedent set for such a crisis. It is so easy for others to criticize, but do they have a better alternative? The answer is no. I thought that it was handled quite well as they prevented infected individuals from passing along the virus to those in the country. Sure, it was unpleasant for those stuck on the ship, but I think they can understand the severe risks involved.

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Posted in: Everything metallic gone from isle after N Korean visit, caretaker says See in context

I would find it hard to show compassion toward these men. As stated in another comment, they are "fishing" in illegal waters and are common thieves. I realize that people in North Korea have hardly anything, but why don't they dock in South Korea and ask for sanctuary? Instead, they steal from Japan and as far as the one with the stomach ache, what if he is carrying an extremely deadly disease that his own government infected him with??? (scary thought). Send them back to where they came from...

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