And by the way, where do these cases get listed? I don’t see them in the daily COVID prefectural counts.
Ya know? I agree they SHOULD be included in the prefectural counts, but they are not. Here is another thing about "numbers" here in Japan. The only one's that get included in the prefectural counts are the one's who actually tested positive here. And even then, that is not accurate, as people who get tested outside of the "official" or authorized hospitals are not counted in the numbers either, unless they are positive. And even then they have to be tested positive at an authorized hospital.
> Perhaps because the base is considered part of America?
Right, then why is the government paying rent to the land owners? It isnt "America" it's because they didnt test positive here in the prefecture by prefectural authorities.
THese are just more examples of the screwed up numbers here.
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Pretty soon the military is going to have more cases alone than all of Okinawa had in total, if they havent already hit and surpassed that mark that is.
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In fact, even if you're sick, the prefecture hospital won't test you unless you have a link to being in mainland Japan in the last week... The Americans on Okinawa have a two-week quarantine upon arriving on the island, and test anyone with a fever or a sniffle.
Found something out that is rather interesting today about this. A coworker's daughter, who normally has a low "normal" temp, 35.5, was running a "fever" last Friday and Saturday of 37.2, she had a headache and felt pretty bad.
She went to Tomigusuku Central Hospital for some medication, and the doctor that saw her there told her, "Well it looks like you have been possibly been exposed to the virus, let's run some tests"
She had 3 tests done, one, a CT scan of her chest, and two separate nose swabs. The CT and first nose swab were negative, and they told her that the other would have results in a few days. Today she got told that she was negative for all three.
Point is, her tests were NOT a part of the "official" testing being done by the "hoken jyo" so the actual number of tests REALLY is screwed up here, as if this hospital is doing testing based totally on a visit like hers, and others cant get tested because they "follow" the prefectural and government information, I sure as hell am going to go to a private hospital here and get tested if I need it, and NOT wait on me to be on my death bed before they "officially" do it!
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Somebody should give a mop to Abe. Start mopping if you wanna help us.
Only problem is it would take too much time to teach him just how to use it and odds are someone would just have to follow up afterwards because he made things worse than before he started. (Just like his being PM)
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On its Facebook page for Pacific bases, the Marine Corps said it was prohibiting off-base activity for all installations across Okinawa, except essential needs such as medical appointments approved by a commanding officer.
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The question is whether this cluster of servicemen and women were infected on or off the base. If it is the latter, perhaps one or two posters here might consider winding their necks back in.
With no cases "off" the bases when this was first reported, there would have been little chance that they caught it here. According to local media they imported it from the states!
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Do you know how many test were being done daily during the period there were zero cases.
There were daily updates in the press, and at first it was quite a few, but around the 50th day or so it dropped to single digits.
But no, no total number, and the other problem is there is never any information, not just here in Okinawa, but all Japan, as to how many unique tests are being done daily. Some folks who contracted the virus here had been tested at least 4 times, so the numbers are screwed up big time.
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Right now, the US can NOT be trusted with anything with regards to COVID. There were nearly 70,000 new cases there just yesterday, over a quarter of a million in less than a week.
No one, military or otherwise, should be allowed OUT of the US until they get it under control!
Folks may talk about China being the "cause" of all of this, but right now, it's America that's making it worse!
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What? Ordinary citizens are allowed to catch the coronavirus but Americans can't, right? Did Okinawa have zero infections until now or is this just more hate thrown at the service members? I already know the answer. How many infections did Tokyo have yesterday? Maybe its governor can blame the service members too. Seems to always work in Okinawa.
This is a classic deflection here. Nice try, but at least here, folks are infecting each other, and NOT having it imported from other countries!
Which is another problem, Japan is basically still shut down to international air travel, hell the international terminal at Naha AP is still closed. BUT these military folks come in and out of Japan through Kadena here in Okinawa, no visas, only their ID cards.
The military is making things worse by not quarantining their people PRIOR to boarding the plane, and then quarantining them again at their port of entry, meaning Kadena AIr Base.
We have every damn right to bitch about this one. The military is not doing it's job by allowing them into the country!
The military should be stopping ALL entry into countries that have banned flights from the USA. There is no excuse!
And NO ONE is blaming the military for the new cases that popped up here. We went well over 2 months with ZERO cases, and the two we have here now, are from people from here who contracted the virus on trips to mainland.
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It's reported that the U.S. military leased a local hotel outside the base to quarantine U.S. mainland-returned dependents.
They rented out the Hilton Double Tree hotel in Chatan, which was temporarily closed, for the purpose of housing, not just dependents, but military who are on orders to return to the states.
It's for people LEAVING Okinawa, not coming in.
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Send them home. (After they have recovered, obvs).
Why wait? If the military can afford to rent out an ENTIRE Hilton hotel to house their people off base here, prior to them being shipped back home, they can afford to pay to send these sick or infected one's back too!
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Wrong word here, these butt-heads that breed animal's purely for profit, and treat their animals like guano are not "breeders", they are "greeders" and are in it for the money only!
The true "breeders" here in Japan do an OUTSTANDING job with their animals, and are not afraid to share their information on how they raised their animals.
Ask just about any home center or so called "pet shop" about the provenance of the animal, and many if not most will refuse to do so, because they have procured their animals from a greeder and not a breeder! Yet they will put a price tag on the animal as if it was raised by a pro.
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The US forces should be sensitive of their hosts and follow the regulations as per Japanese law.
"Regulations per Japanese law?" Please expand on just what you mean?
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Gov Denny Tamaki said the outbreaks occurred at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, which is at the center of a relocation dispute, and Camp Hansen, Tamaki said. Both bases have been locked down.
This statement makes it sound as if Tamaki is saying that the bases have been locked down, He did not, all Tamaki stated was "the outbreaks occurred at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, and Camp Hansen".
I want to know where the author is getting the information from that the bases are "locked down", as I have close friends who work on BOTH and neither say they are "locked down"!
Oh and this...
The Marines said in a statement Friday that the troops were taking additional protective measures to limit the spread of the coronavirus and were restricting off-base activities.
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I wish JT would focus a little more on OTHER prefectures! Once again, it's "Japan" IS Tokyo and only unless there is a major disaster, we down here get screwed.
There are reports that the US Military, is guilty of bringing in a "cluster" of 60 infected people on two major installations here. They also have rented out the ENTIRE Hilton Double Tree in Chatan, which was temporarily closed because of the virus, and is now housing, off the base, for lord only knows why, quarantining military members and their families that have recently come from the US and are suspected of being in contact with the virus!
Complaints have been made with the ministry of foreign affairs, but that has fallen on deaf ears! The military should NOT be housing their potentially "sick" people OFF base!
We are facing a SERIOUS disaster down here if these folks spread the virus to the local community! Many Japanese work in areas where people who have been in contact with infected people work and they could very possibly infect others too!
All these cases are imported from the US!
Show a little respect for the "rest" of Japan please!
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Interesting that they don't make the same claim about Naha Airport or any large civilian airport.
Why in the world would the court bring Naha AP into the discussion, it's Japanese!!!
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They need to do what the Irish did in 1922.
Geez please tell me, just how are you going to differentiate between "Okinawan's" and "Japanese"?
I have asked this any number of times and every just shut's their mouths because they can not answer this question in any intelligent manner.
Which means, people who make comments like this have ZERO idea of what they are talking about and are ignorant of reality here today!
When will the people of Okinawa have freedom?
The "people" of Okinawa are Japanese! Don't forget that!
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Japan has had a relatively small coronavirus outbreak, with just over 20,000 recorded cases and a total of 981 deaths.
Any who actually believes these numbers here has been drinking Abe's koolaid!
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It's right, in my opinion, that the Japanese government pay compensation for the noise pollution, they are the one's who made the treaty, and they should be held accountable for the problems that they incur in cases like these.
The government not only pays these people for the US military noise, they also pay for the noise from the JSDF flying in and out of Naha AP too!
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I feel sorry for the people who bought the "mansions" at the Olympic Villages and are going to be unable to move in, but are still contracted to pay, from August and September of this year.
Many people figured they would be prime locations and bought them and got mortgages on them and now can not move into them, have expiring leases on their current accomodations, and have their children registered into schools in their new locations.
These are the folks that have been truly screwed, and the government is currently doing nada to help them out.
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We often read about chikans in Japan but never get a follow-up. What happens to them? Do they go to jail or just get a slap on the wrist?
First this is a SoraNews24 article, which took it from a number of other sources, then they rewrote it themselves here to add information and post it.
Meaning, dont hold your breath waiting to find out, never happens. Articles like these are just put here to get a "rise" out of the reader, no substance, and never any followups!
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Some frustrated Americans are left to wonder why the U.S. can't seem to get its act together, especially after it was given fair warning as the virus wreaked havoc in China and then Italy, Spain and New York.
But the ruler of the US says everything is perfect in the US, in fact they are testing far too much and need to lower the number of tests to start bringing the number of infections down, so he can forcibly make everyone go out and get infected!
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Their arrest and indictment are a blow to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as the premier struggles with falling public support. Katsuyuki Kawai had close ties to Abe and previously served as his foreign policy adviser.
Abe is a hypocrite, as leader of the LDP he is ultimately the one responsible for the actions of his underlings here. He made a half-arsed apology on TV yesterday about this, and skirted the issue of his responsibility in the entire matter.
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"Urges"...if their urges are anything like the one Abe often talks about, this is sadly going to fall on deaf ears here!
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Are both of you insinuating that black people are that stupid?
Couldn't the same be said of the "white" people who voted for Trump?
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If the US can elect a reality TV actor, what's to stop it from electing a celebrity porn star?
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Will the younger 'adults' elect more progressive politicians?
Good question, one of the reasons Abe pushed the voting age drop to 18 was to increase the "pool" of potential LDP voters.
As far too many here dont actually participate in the electoral process, they rely on others to decide who to vote for and are easily influenced as well.
There needs to be better education of young adults in preparing them to understand the system.
(Oh another reason was to get more "bodies" liable to pay into the social welfare system!)
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I also happen to agree with the idea that once kids here leave compulsory education they should be treated in the court system as adults. Seeing as how not 100% of them go on to high school, and many join the work force, they should be treated the same as all other adults.
Drop the "legal" age to 18, fine, but please dont start letting HS kids here start drinking, you are asking for a disaster!
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Perhaps he would have gotten elected had he told us his master plan!
Probably going to suggest using some type of disinfectant to get the job done!
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