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Posted in: Japan's seriously ill COVID-19 patients hit new high of 1,144 See in context

The situation got worse during the State of Emergency, so it was decided to extend the State of Emergency. The extended State of Emergency however will ease some of the original restrictions.

Japanese government logic 2021.

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Posted in: Unused COVID shots piling up in Japan amid slow rollout See in context

younger medical retirees

@Jtsnose - Exactly. There must be hundreds of thousands of retired doctors and nurses under 70 who would be able to administer vaccines. There's literally no excuse for not being able to roll out the millions of vaccines sitting in coolers around the country.

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Posted in: Unused COVID shots piling up in Japan amid slow rollout See in context

Literally all we need is all those with the skills to administer injections to 'step up' and 'do their duty' for the good of the local community and the country as a whole. It's such an easy sell for the government. It would foster that community spirit, and the idea that in tough times we all band together and help each other with the different skills we have. Doctors, nurses, vets, pharmacists, final grade students of those subjects, big hospitals, small clinics, public health centers, vets, school nurse offices etc. etc. These are all present in all cities, town, and villages around the country.

Instead, we have government bureaucrats, with no specialist knowledge, trying to make a system and then micro manage every little step. Sometimes you just have to let others who know what they are doing sort stuff out. That's not very Japanese, but for goodness sake, get it done.

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Posted in: There’s a limited quantity of vaccine available right now, so local governments have no alternative but to make better choices flexibly. For instance, by diverting vaccines earmarked for elderly people to medical personnel. See in context

There’s a limited quantity of vaccine available right now, so local governments have no alternative but to make better choices flexibly. (Nobuhiko Okabe, the director general of Kawasaki City Institute for Public Health)

Current main headline:

'Unused COVID shots piling up in Japan amid slow rollout'.

It seems that Mr. Okabe is either misinformed, or talking complete wham.

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Posted in: Where is everybody? See in context

Is the implication that this is the current state of play in Tokyo?? Taken in the context of the times we live in and the recent news narrative - this is a very misleading caption for a fairly normal photo.

I could take a similar picture on almost any little narrow side street in Tokyo, on any day, if I waited around long enough.

‘Where is everybody?’ Well, if other reports are to be remembered, they are all packed together on the platform of Ikebukuro station, and commuting to work in small enclosed spaces.

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Posted in: Packed trains, drinking: Japanese impatient over anti-virus measures See in context

So what happened to the cruise ship?? I remember the furore over the Diamond Princess and the fact that the numbers were singled out and directly stated in the news every time the COVID numbers were brought up.

Was it just a case of the previous cruise ship being foreign compared to the ship being Japanese this time?

This comment isn’t off topic as it may initially seem - it is an indication of a clear pattern being purveyed by the Japanese government and media: Japanese incidents of COVID are being played down.

A big consequence of playing down incidents relating to Japanese people is that Japanese people don’t think the virus situation is so serious. This is one reason why people continue to ride packed trains; go shopping unnecessarily; don’t really practice social distancing etc etc.

A big percentage of the population are reported to be against the Olympics going ahead - presumably because it involves foreigners coming into the country en masse (not in a racist way - because of incidents like the diamond princess. That is the bigger danger). The same percentage of people should have been against Golden Week going ahead as normal, or people continuing to commute to work on packed trains etc. but that doesn’t seem to be the case... or it is the case and the message isn’t being communicated by the government and the media in the same way.

So, why are the trains packed, people still drinking, and why are people impatient over anti-virus measures? Well, it’s largely down to the way the government and the mass media are playing down the situation by not reporting on domestic cases such as the recent cruise ship, allowing GW to go ahead largely as normal, and generally allowing people to have a serious false sense of security.

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Posted in: Kyoto families angered by new policy forcing high school students to buy tablets at own expense See in context

Sponsored by Apple, no doubt.

Mikitani should be all over this setting up all kids with some kind of Rakuten mobile tablet.

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Posted in: Kyoto families angered by new policy forcing high school students to buy tablets at own expense See in context

If these items are necessary for the students education then the gov / BoE / schools should have to provide them to all students.

Students don’t have to buy their own desks and chairs. It sounds like the schools are saying these devices are to be considered part of the classroom infrastructure - therefore they should be provided.

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Posted in: Tokyo governor says mutant strains of COVID-19 becoming dominant See in context

She called on residents to curtail movements to contain infections.

The day AFTER Golden Week finished. You just couldn’t write this stuff.

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Posted in: Tokyo governor says mutant strains of COVID-19 becoming dominant See in context

Mutant strains of the virus are becoming dominant

Well, who could’ve possibly predicted such a thing? It’s not like this hasn’t been happening all around the world...while stricter conditions have been in place.

No, this is something that couldn’t have been predicted, especially while essentially doing nothing to try and stop it.

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Posted in: Now that classes will be online, I won’t be able to hang out with the few new friends I’ve made since being able to go to campus in April. It’s tough for me to focus during online lectures. I feel lonely... like I don’t belong anywhere. See in context

One of the biggest problems I've seen since going online at a university is that the vast majority of Japanese teachers simply have no idea how to effectively make use of the new teaching environment. Many teachers simply upload text documents, or PDFs to 'teach' their classes. Furthermore, there hasn't been any attempt to get teachers together to workshop ways to improve interactivity, or utilize the countless new technologies available to them.

The infrastructure used to host the LMS looks like it was built for Windows 95, and teachers MUST provide all lesson material and homework via the LMS.

It's no wonder students are having issues with learning in what is already extremely testing circumstances. These kids are used to doing everything with their smart devices, and then they have to read dozens of PDFs and submit reports as text files.

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Posted in: Cruise ship returns to Yokohama after one passenger tests positive for COVID-19 See in context

Just like everyone else, I cannot believe the sheer stupidity of this. You'd think, after the Yokohama incident early last year, it would have scared the bejeezus out of everyone

Ah but this time it was a Japanese cruise ship - therefore safety.

No one in their right mind would have booked a cruise on a foreign operated ship. That would be kowai what with the virus and everything.

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Posted in: Governor Koike should begin thinking of a ‘Plan B’ involving cancelation of the Tokyo Olympics. See in context

Unfortunately it seems that Plan A specifically states 'There will be no other plans'.

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Posted in: Cruise ship returns to Yokohama after one passenger tests positive for COVID-19 See in context

Why in god's name are cruise ships still operational while movie theaters aren't?!? What kind of idiotic governing is that??

Governing that works based on who your mates in business are and/or how well your palms have been greased presumably.

i.e. absolutely nothing to do with the actual risks posed by a global health pandemic.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics could be held without fans: Hashimoto See in context

Most people in Japan back either a further delay of the Games or an outright cancellation

Listen to the people for once.

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Posted in: Cruise ship returns to Yokohama after one passenger tests positive for COVID-19 See in context

The infected person, a man in his 60s from Tokyo, did not have close contact with any other passengers

Seriously? On a cruise ship?

Is this because ‘close contact’ is defined as something ridiculous like maskless contact within 2 metres for 20 minutes??

Its absolutely ridiculous that a cruise ship was allowed to operate for a 1 week cruise during a SoE when people are being ‘urged’ not to travel.

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Posted in: Japan's business leaders suggest ways for gov't to speed up vaccination rate See in context

These business leaders are presuming that the government is failing but acting in good faith. They aren’t seeing the ulterior motive of the Olympics which is undoubtedly guiding the decision not to roll out the vaccinations at speed.

There is no fix to that other than for everyone to start calling the gov out on it and insisting that it puts the health and well being of the population first.

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Posted in: Golden Week travel begins despite pleas from governors to stay home See in context

"We have not been able to curb the movement of people. We urge residents to stay home as (more contagious) coronavirus variants are spreading," a Tokyo metropolitan government official said Thursday.

Maybe ‘urging’ isn’t the right approach. Maybe try something with a bit more teeth? Just a thought.

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Posted in: Japan's unused 14 mil doses of COVID-19 vaccines point to logistical hurdles See in context

They can’t start rolling it all out because come the Olympics they’d have to suddenly slow down the rate of vaccinations because of all the doctors and nurses who will be reassigned to Olympic duty.

Therefore the decision has been made to delay and make excuses until after the Olympics.

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Posted in: Japan to introduce 'vaccine passports' for international travel See in context

And for those like myself without a smartphone?

You will have the option to receive a hard copy of the passport sent by carrier pigeon, or fax.

Youll then be required to take the hard copy to the city office to have it officially hankoed and attached to a copy of your jyuminho.

...So maybe time to consider getting a smartphone.

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Posted in: More tests and still more questions about Tokyo Olympics See in context

Athletes will be tested daily, as will those in close proximity to athletes.

Other games participants will be tested daily for the first three days, and then as required.

So presumably the 60,000 daily test capacity Koike promised would be ready by December last year has been stockpiled for use at the Olympics.

This is on the back of plans to divert thousands of medical professionals to complete ‘Olympic duty’ rather than starting to roll out faster vaccinations for the public.

The people of Japan are being royally shafted by their own government.

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Posted in: Japanese survey ranks which prefectures people want to move back to the most See in context

It'd be interesting to know the ranking of prefectures based on the number of people who leave.

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Posted in: Japan to issue new 500 yen coins in November See in context

Looks like they copied the UK £2 coin!

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic organizers defend request for 500 nurses as virus spikes See in context

Well it’s perfectly clear now why Japan is dragging its feet with regards vaccinations. It wants to put off rolling out mass vaccinations in order to divert medical personnel to the Olympics.

It seems to have been decided that the optics of starting vaccinations and then having to stop because of the Olympics is worse than delaying with excuses and false promises until after the medical personnel have finished their Olympic duty.


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Posted in: Commuter rush seen despite 3rd coronavirus state of emergency See in context

We just need to pray that the cases will decrease.

Even as an atheist I reckon prayers are a better bet than relying on the Japanese government to get the vaccines rolling out any time soon.

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Posted in: Meet Aloma: the Japanese male idol group cheering on moms through the trials of child-rearing See in context

Japan once again showing that it thinks the only authority on a topic is a male.

What next, a boy band ‘cheerleading’ women through period pains and providing mental and emotional support?

There is so much wrong with this, it’s difficult to know where to start.

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Posted in: Japan wants more pre-departure testing for Olympic, Paralympic teams See in context

Japan wants more pre-departure testing for Olympic, Paralympic teams

Why? Is there a problem? You wouldn’t think so with the criminally low testing going on in Japan’s own country.

The hypocrisy of this is sickening.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 876 coronavirus cases; 1,097 in Osaka See in context

The number of prefectures included at the end of these daily reports is slowly creeping up.

Today, 27 of the 47 prefectures are listed. If you go back a few weeks the list would be less than 10.

This shows that the virus is spreading around the country.

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Posted in: Japan's restaurant alcohol ban sets new COVID-19 emergency apart See in context

Most health experts say that a general adherence to hygiene rules and social distancing have helped Japan keep overall COVID-19 cases and deaths relatively low

There is no way that there has been an adherence to social distancing in Japan.

If you are only counting the fact that places such as supermarkets, conbinis, post offices, banks etc have put some tape on the floor marking out 1.5m gaps then OK, Japan has been social distancing. But if you look beyond the tape and actually around the supermarket itself, in department stores, in offices, in classrooms, on trains etc. etc. there is absolutely no social distancing.

Actually, the sheer ignorance against practicing social distancing continues to astound me.

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Posted in: Former trade minister questioned over gift scandal as probe resumes See in context

Who can possibly be bought in the Government?

If anyone can, Isshu can.

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