This country dishes out about 20 million free influenza vaccines a year to the elderly, PLUS vaccinates millions through company schemes. Add on to that the mobile blood banks and the free annual medical checkups offered to us over-40s. There is ample already existing infrastructure in place to have at least made a significant start on this whilst simultaneously working on one-off measures like mass vaccination centers.
It seems to me that the focus is on how to get 100% of the country vaccinated at the same time, which does indeed require careful planning. That makes perfect sense for some projects (like allocating a MyNumber card to everyone, for example) but is utterly nonsensical in a pandemic. Get as many jabs in arms as you can, as soon as you can. HURRY UP!
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"I have never put the Olympics first" and "the IOC has the final say on the fate of the games" are not compatible statements. Letting the IOC have final say IS putting the Olympics first, by definition!
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I wonder what would happen if it made its way onto the railway system?
Haha Snakes on a Train!
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Put MORE trains on, you nincompoops!!!
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@zoroto et al:
Why is the sign in English? Is this something she made up for foreigners only? That would explain why nobody in Japan is following the urging.
The sign is most probably from her English address. Just about the only thing I will give Koike credit for is that she does her Thursday briefing in English as well as Japanese.
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To the clowns blaming the EU: Japan is basically making zero progress with the millions of vaccine doses already received, so how would receiving shipments more quickly help?
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@robert maes, your point about the declining population would make sense if the market for Imax theaters was saturated. There are currently only 30-40 of them in the whole country, and they are going to expand to around 100. Or, around 1 theater per million people even using the 2040 population projection.
They don't need an expanding population, they just need people to choose Imax over their competitors. Whether they will prove to be correct or not remains to be seen, but there is no reason for them to put too much weight on the falling population when they have such a low market share (there are over 3,000 screens in Japan)
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Can't even manage social distancing at an individual event....
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Posted in: As seen in young people drinking on the street, people are losing trust in the government and they’re not listening to it. If the situation goes on like this, it will be impossible to stop people from traveling even though a state of emergency is declared. See in context
This should read "as seen by salarimen and women getting on crowded trains every morning because the old men in charge are completely incapable of recognizing that a lot of their employees are perfectly able to work from home".
Any excuse for a sly dig at young people, when they reality is that the real problem is the failure of organizations like the Japan Association of Corporate Executives to do their part.
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I think this might be the nail in the coffin that finally buries this Olympics.
Doubtless there are ways of getting creative, as MarkX pointed out, but the optics of this are already terrible.
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It is shameful that companies like Munakata-san's are allowed to carry on as normal, with no effort whatsoever to help with the collective effort, while the restaurant industry is being decimated.
They have had a full year to work out how to hold online meetings, and I know people in their 80s who are managing to do this just fine. This really ought to be a collective effort and I have every sympathy with bar & izakaya owners who don't feel as though we're all in this together. Our local izakaya's activities are just as much "work" as Munakata-san's "meetings" are and it is completely unreasonable to force one form of business to stop while allowing another to carry on without even trying to help.
Do a proper lockdown or don't bother.
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This country manages to vaccinate tens of millions of people every year against influenza. Surely the starting point is right there?? Just get people jabbed as fast as possible, it doesn't matter in what order.
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Posted in: After bars and restaurants close at 8 p.m. in areas where there is a coronavirus state of emergency, many people are buying alcohol at convenience stores and from vending machines and then hang out in parks or public spaces near train stations to continue drinking, thus leading to more possible virus infections. Do you think the police should disperse such groups? See in context
Why would you tell people who have just been sitting together indoors drinking, that they can not sit together outdoors drinking? One is very likely a much lower transmission risk than the other.
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The Japanese government couldn't organize a party in a pub.
On the contrary - they most certainly can. Not just pubs either - Ginza steakhouses, izakayas, and hostess clubs to name but a few....
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It has certainly crossed my mind. In the second half of the year I think we may start to see some countries require vaccination certifications for entry. I don't want to miss out on any more business opportunities due to travel restrictions, and I can't see Japan giving me vaccine until this winter at the earliest
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@Gorramcowboy, how course they have to considered. Dentist don't work for the government. Who is to say many dentists are even willing to accept patient everyday to vaccine them? And is the government willing to pay them for everyday work? Also who would supervise them in case they steal or secretly sell the vaccine? Or worse is if they have enough qualify people to the vaccination. There are dozen of things to considered before they actually do such a thing. For example what happen if something goes wrong during the vaccination and who will be responsible etc? You are naive if you think these things can be immediately decided.
NO, you're being naive. You are correct that there are many issues to consider. However, a competent government would already have considered these issues. It has now been ONE YEAR since the Pfizer vaccine trials started; it has been FIVE MONTHS since countries like the UK and US STARTED vaccinating people.
Don't you think perhaps the Japanese government has had a very long time to consider these issues? Slow to the point of incompetence.
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Some people can’t wear masks maybe he couldn’t. What happens in that case it’s discriminatory.
What happens in that case is that he should order delivery and eat at home. This is no great hardship, at least until this situation passes. He has been asked to do something reasonable by a private business that has the right to ask people to do that. He has the right to take his custom elsewhere.
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As a hay fever sufferer, this seems very plausible to me. The first year I came down with it, I genuinely thought I just had a heavy cold, wasn't until the second year that I realized.
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Every venue was completed on time and on budget.
Venues may have been completed on time, but NOTHING was completed on budget!
Wonderful story anyway, really hope she gets to compete.
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Europe and United States, the UK,^and Brazil, these countries are faring far worse than Japan , and yet these countries have been vaccinating, and the results aren't glorious.
And yet the UK has gone from 60,000 new cases a day in January to 3,400 new cases yesterday, and the US from 250,000 to 73,000. Meanwhile the other country you mentioned, Brazil, has been struggling badly with its vaccination rollout and cases have not fallen.
Sounds as though the results of vaccination are glorious.
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What's most fascinating about this story is that 23 employees of the HEALTH AND WELFARE BUREAU FOR THE ELDERLY were unable to work out that this would look really bad for them. Just how tone-deaf are they??
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Ahem. you are MISunderstanding how the constitution works. It seems I was misunderstanding how keyboards work...
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is illegal and unconstitutional as it infringes the right to freedom of business
for heavens sake, in any country the frame of your « freedom » is set by the law. If the law says you must close because of a pandemic there is little you can do.
Ummm, no. You're calling them simpletons whilst fundamentally understanding how the constitution works. The constitution sits above the law; all laws need to comply with the constitution. If citizens believe that a law breaks the constitution then they are perfectly entitled to test that in court. It happens all the time - there is literally another story about this on the front page of this website today.
Whether the restaurant chain is right or not (legally and morally) is another question entirely, but they absolutely have the right to challenge this in court, as do all citizens. THAT is what frames your freedom, here and in most democracies.
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Suga renewed his pledge to achieve the Olympics in July as “a proof of the victory against the coronavirus,”
Getting all Japanese people vaccinated before the Olympics, thus allow foreign spectators to attend, would have been a victory against the coronavirus.
Announcing in March that we can't get our [email protected]t together in time - despite the fact that some developed countries have already* vaccinated half their populations - is very much proof of the opposite.
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How about the constantly increasing number of people who just refuse to wear a mask then they go into a convenience store?
Not a single day goes by without seeing at least two or three.
Really?? You're not the first person I've heard say this, but it's completely at odds with my own experience. I walk to my office and don't remember the last time I saw someone walking without a mask, even though it's outside. I go to the combini and/or supermarket every day and don't see anyone unmasked there either.
Not disputing what you're saying, am just curious. Does this depend on where we live? (I'm on the East side of Tokyo)
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Last week I heard from a group of old people (all in their 70s) that they were planning on doing some daytime drinking together, followed by karaoke because "it's really cheap at the moment". Whilst I sympathize with retired people wanting to make the most of their free time, this seems pretty hypocritical given the previous scapegoating of young people. It's also pretty shameful when the rest of us can't get a drink after work, mostly to protect the older generation.
If they (and I recognize this is a minority) aren't going take sensible precautions then perhaps it is time to end the SoE.
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“Romance has become considered something that happens to other people.” Considering that some of the other popular genres are superhero stories, science fiction, crime and action-adventure I think it is fair to say that being about stuff that happens to other people is not a barrier.
Meanwhile on Netflix, of the ten most popular shows in Japan SIX either have the word "love" in the title, or have the words "romantic", "swoonworthy" or "soapy" in the genre descriptions. Japanese TV stations may have forgotten how to make romantic stories, but the appetite for them seems to be there.
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@Tokyo-m on the contrary: giving people who are bed or house bound opportunities to participate actively in the outside world is a fantastic initiative. Most people like to be useful and most people would prefer to work than be reliant on handouts. This applies to people with disabilities just as much as everyone else. Good luck to them!
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@Slickdrifter, nobody blames Trump for the virus, it's his utter incompetence in trying to do anything about it that is the problem. He didn't just do nothing about it, he actively made it worse - encouraging people to not wear masks, super-spreader events etc.
A vaguely competent president could surely have halved the death toll. THAT'S what people blame him for.
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I'm unimpressed with Suga so far for all sorts of reasons, but this really shouldn't be a big deal.
The "emergency response" issue is a complete red herring. There are literally hundreds of occasions throughout the year when a PM is much further away from the office/official residence than 250m.
He is very likely going to be a short-term prime minister. Who wants to move twice in a year?The renovation costs are a pittance. The new paint job will still be there when the next PM decides to move in. The maintenance costs are not a result of him choosing not to live there.
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