While I hope in the end everyone does take the vaccine, the skepticism is rooted in distrust in the government. And that is completely justified.
9 ( +19 / -10 )
The photo of the family in a shoebox is somehow both frightening and reassuring. Definitely not normal.
2 ( +7 / -5 )
If a bar packed with young unmasked people stays open until late, how will the new rules be enforced? Will enforcing the rules use up resources that would have been better spent on rolling out vaccines?
6 ( +10 / -4 )
Japan is way behind the rest of the world on studying the virus. Let's hope they can contribute something to our understanding of the immune responses.
1 ( +4 / -3 )
Definitely too late to stop the spread of the new variant(s). The only thing we can do is try to slow it down and vaccinate..
9 ( +10 / -1 )
Is Suga passing the baton to Kono? It would probably be an improvement.
12 ( +14 / -2 )
relationships of trust are important
It's about money. Just say it. We are staying open to make money.
13 ( +21 / -8 )
What about doctors, nurses and other much-needed specialists?
4 ( +12 / -8 )
How many moths before he's gone? I'm leaning toward 2. (And just in case my comment is deemed 'off topic', I mean because of his support for GOTO when he should have been telling people to STAY HOME).
26 ( +30 / -4 )
If there is any doubt about why you need to shut down the nightlife, just look at who is getting infected. We need more hikikomori and less party party.
5 ( +12 / -7 )
The heavy snowfall in toyama was predicted since around Thursday. I know because a colleague rushed home to be with his family before the storm. I know this doesn't help the people who are stuck now, but it does seem like something that could have been foreseen...
11 ( +13 / -2 )
Unfortunately, without a state of emergency, many people will just go out as if they are invulnerable. Numbers of covid19 deaths in Osaka (605) is close to that if tokyo (629). This is not a joke.
0 ( +1 / -1 )
I think the economists should be thinking of taking precautions as the new normal and consider ways to grow the enconomy under such conditions.
0 ( +4 / -4 )
Here's an idea Suga-san:
Retire before things get much worse and be satisfied with your 38% approval rating.
Put all the other nonsense like olympics and GOTO aside and focus on vaccinating the population.Do something about the huge surge of deaths in elderly care facilities. Hint: Those pour souls are no going out to Shibuya and getting infected at drinking parties.
19 ( +24 / -5 )
The new strain is already in Japan. I agree we should be vaccinating, but this is not an easy decision: whoever makes the call will bear a huge responsibility for any side effects of these relatively untested vaccines.
-5 ( +3 / -8 )
The variants described by Gupta have mutations in the parts of the spike that form the binding sites of antibodies against the virus (in two separate locations on the spike). Similar patterns in the mutations have arisen independently in different virus strains. The data suggest that these mutations help the virus evade the human immune system. Probably they will have some effect on the efficacy of current vaccines. But this is normal. Vaccines are always a few steps behind virus evolution.
5 ( +6 / -1 )
I believe to count as unemployed you also have to be looking for a job. Those who have simply given up (which is the most dangerous group to be in) are not counted.
11 ( +11 / -0 )
Teens (who are low covid19 risk) staying home while the adults (who are high risk) go to work is what you get when schools shut down. Same thing happened in the US.
9 ( +12 / -3 )
The moment Suga decided to promote Go To, while covid numbers were spiking, he signaled that he wasn't a real leader. Time to move to the next candidate.
29 ( +34 / -5 )
I think I could and would help a person in a wheelchair get on a train. Is there not a single passenger who could give a hand? I guess you would need keep the little ramp they use close by or in the train.
0 ( +3 / -3 )
Now that sounds serious
4 ( +4 / -0 )
I would think that they would suspend travel subsides from Tokyo and Nagoya.
14 ( +15 / -1 )
This mistake could easily be the end of Suga
1 ( +3 / -2 )
The thing that always needs to be mentioned on this topic is that the cells that make the antibodies (B cells) can be very long-lived (memory B cells). Moreover, it would be weird if you body continued to make antibodies after the infection was resolved.
3 ( +4 / -1 )
Uyoku are going to be even louder than normal.
4 ( +13 / -9 )