A sumo stablemaster and five wrestlers have contracted the new coronavirus
New??? Have you been living on the moon?
It's been around for almost five months now.
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What really bothers me about this, he pretends to be helping the nation, but he's actually making business for his family in Okayama who are making the masks, and his buddy Aso who has a big pot in the post office.
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Well, it doesn't seem much of a conspiracy theory when a good portion of international media outlets are speculating exactly the same thing.
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If your friend doesn't have a high enough fever it will most likely be the flu.
Miles, you do know that there many reports worldwide of patients not even having any fever at all. My friend had an average of 39°. In cases like this, he should be checked, but it's clear the numbers are being kept low intentionally.
the growth rate in Japan is more linear thanks to far more stringent standards of hygiene and a respect for each other's personal spaces that can't be found anywhere else.
Oh please, stop with the nonsense. You think other countries don't practice safe hygiene. I've traveled all over Japan and not all parts are as cleanly as the rest. Just in my first week of visiting Japan, I was shocked to see how many Japanese men in their late age didn't wash their hands after after using the washroom. That's pretty disgusting.
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Yeah, calm cool, like nobody gives a ...
Sure, if the symptoms we're mild, I'd consider that, but his condition is pretty bad. Not checking is completely irresponsible.
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At the current rate of about 500 new infections a day, it will take about 7 years for the virus to infect just 1% of Japan's population.
And of those 1% infected after 7 years, over 99% will recover without incident.
Downvote all you want, the math doesn't change.
You think those are the real numbers? When deaths are reported as pneumonia, and testing is kept limited, sure. Just wait till those numbers come to bite you.
There is so much miss-information being spread around. No wonder everyone is so confused. One week you hear its because Japan is so clean, then you hear the numbers are low because of Japanese diet, and its the BCG vaccination that has prevented Japan from getting sick, and so on...
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I am really upset about the way the government is handling the outbreak. I had my suspicions that the government was still limiting testing, but after hearing from my friend who is struggling in bed, I don't really trust anything this government reports.
After my Japanese friend struggled to go to the doctor, they did a blood test, and then the doctor told him, "It's PROBABLY not COVID-19 because your fever is not that high". "Probably" meaning they didn't even bother to check. My friend has been bedridden for over a week and he's coughing like crazy. It's sad that the government doesn't really seem to care about the well being of their people.
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Nonsense! The only reason the PM is not calling a "state of emergency" is because it would mean jeopardizing his investments.
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I'm sure nobody would miss those two.
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So if Koike San does not have the authority to do the necessary in Tokyo - who made the decision in Hokkaido ?
The article doesn't talk about anything that's happening behind the politics. First of all, Koike and Abe don't get along well. Koike has been getting a lot criticism from Abe for the spike in COVID-19 cases in Tokyo. Koike is telling the public that she wants to call a 'State of emergency' but she basically doesn't have the authority. If anyone is to blame for this mess it's Abe.
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Enforcing a lockdown must be really tough when you have the PM's wife out and about having a 'hanami party'.
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Abe denied allegations that Japan had manipulated the numbers by limiting tests, or combined COVID-19 deaths with other pneumonia fatalities. “I'm aware that some people suspect Japan is hiding the numbers, but I believe that's not true,” he said. “If there is a cover-up, it will show up in the number of deaths.” He said doctors told him that pneumonia patients with COVID-19 can be detected by CAT-scan or X-rays.
Are you kidding me? NHK reported less then three weeks ago that the hospitals were only testing 3 of every 67 patients due to government regulations.
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Its already too late. They should have closed the borders right when they knew this virus was deadly. All the attention was focused on one messily boat, when many people were coming into the country through other avenues. Especially when testing wasn't accurate, they should have realized the danger.
Closing the borders to specific countries is only creating tentions between nations. If Japan had just closed the borders to everyone there would be no misunderstanding.
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RIP! He will be greatly missed.
One of the reasons I started learning Japanese was because of watching his show back in the day. I am heartbroken.
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I don't understand why everyone is so adamant about postponing the Olympics.
On one side you have the government unwaivering on a schedule change, and on the other side people want to drastically cancel or postpone the Olympics.
Just looking at history, viruses rarely pass Spring. Look at the plague (black death). It wiped out a huge portion of the world but it did not survive past Spring. Considering that COVID-19 is a fairly new virus, wouldn't it be a little more wise to wait and see, instead of jumping ship. There is still a good couple of months to assess the situation.
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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
Hate to burst anyone's bubble who is optimistic about coming to Japan right now. If you've been following the news carefully, you probably know that the hospitals aren't checking people thuroughly.
NHK reported that of every 69 people only 3 were being tested for coronavirus based on government guidelines. What does that tell you? That means that a lot of people are infected and the hospitals aren't checking because the government has told them to minimize checks.
I'm guessing, these numbers are being kept low in fear of losing the Olympics.
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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
Well, that's not what they are saying anymore? As the numbers Rose to 39 today, they are already considering to close schools and have people work from home.
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Considering that this happens every so often in Japan, businesses would be a little better prepared. Nope, they just blame the people for worrying about what actually came to happen.
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HIV drugs were already tested in the United States and has had positive results. Unfortunately, HIV medication does not cure the coronavirus, it only reduces the amount of Invaders.
The problem with the coronavirus is that it ultimately causes your organs to shut down. First, blocking the lungs with mucous (therefore, the problems with respiratory). Then it can destroy your liver and kidneys and even healthy blood cells.
The HIV medication can drastically help reduce the impact of virus, saving many lives. The only problem is, if this virus spreads out of control, will the supply be able to meet the demand.
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The mortality rate is 1% (mostly elderly and people with pre-existing conditions. Seems to spread like any other flu. What's the big deal with this coronavirus?
First of all, it has a 2% fatality rate, and this virus spreads faster than most common viruses. Yes, the virus mostly takes elder people, but there have a been a lot of people in their 40s and 50s who didn't have existing conditions and passes away, so yeah it's pretty scary if you ask me.
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People are fooling themselves if they think things have really changed.
Journalism has never been perfect in any era. Just looking at newspaper articles (both in Japan and Canada) from early 1900s and onwards, some journalists were just as vile as they are today. Ethics really depends upon the management and the individual making the report.
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one of his lawyers said his abuse of marijuana led to mental illness, adding: "This has turned him into a different person. As a result, this incident took place."
After Canada legalized marijuana, you sure can see a lot of crazy people running around the streets killing each other. Jeez, that's as dumb as saying that alcohol made him kill all those people.
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Seems a little strange that he made his escape just before the new year.
The media has been watching Ghosn like a hawk. He just magically vanished under everyone's radar? Seems a little far-fetched.
This has been a thorny issue, and has damaged Japan's reputation internationally. The only way this could happen in Japan is if he was assisted by someone higher up. This was probably a way for Japan to save face.
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The government said, "We have to increase taxes because the national debt is too high." Now look at them blowing a tone of money without any care for the national debt. Brilliant!
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"Regardless of today's outcome, consumption has been of a weak tone, and consumer sentiment is getting worse," said Taro Saito, executive research fellow at NLI Research Institute.
And, the government decided to throw fire on the flame. Genius!
People have really cut spending everywhere. They are going to keep pinching their money, because nobody has extra money. Not only have taxes gone up but consumer products have also increased prices together. Worst of all, wages have remained the same, so don't cry when the economy tanks.
Japan isn't doing well, and everyone knows it. Domestic spending is declining, international investments are drying up. How are you supposed to recoup from that.
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It's a bad idea. Just wait till those disgruntled American's start finding high levels of radiation on their coast and food. Watch out for those lawsuits.
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Oh dear, Japan a "victim" of the war?
Even if you look at the war through the view of economics, Japan exploited a lot of countries during the war. Victims of unfair treaties and atomic bombs, yes, but victims of the war, that's a bit of a stretch.
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