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So if you think the virus is a joke... US Embassy Tokyo update

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posted on Jul, 22 2020 @ 03:42 AM
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Since we are now testing about 4000 people a day, results are still low, but...

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tokyo (July 22, 2020)



Location: Japan



Date: July 22, 2020



State of COVID-19 Measures in Japan

The U.S. Embassy continues to monitor closely the COVID-19 outbreak in Japan. In light of increasing cases, Tokyo Governor Koike continues to urge residents to avoid restaurants and other service establishments that lack proper infection-control and social distancing measures. According to press reports, later on July 22 Governor Koike will ask that Tokyo residents, especially elderly individuals and those with underlying health conditions, refrain from non-essential outings over the upcoming holiday weekend. She also asks that Tokyo residents refrain from crossing prefectural borders unless necessary.

On July 16th, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government raised its COVID-19 alert status to red, the highest on the four-tiered scale and just below a state of emergency declaration. This alert indicates that the virus is spreading in Tokyo and the surrounding area. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has also indicated an increased strain on local healthcare capacity with some hotels now being converted to medical facilities designed to care for less serious COVID-19 cases. Many of Tokyo’s recent positive cases are connected to nightlife and theaters; however, over recent days the percentage of untraceable infections has increased significantly. Other prefectures throughout Japan are also experiencing a spike in the number of confirmed cases.

U.S. citizens in Japan are strongly urged to comply with all guidelines issued by central and local government authorities, and to monitor carefully local media for updates on infection rates and mitigation efforts in their area.

International travel restrictions previously instituted by the Government of Japan remain in place. U.S. citizens, including those with resident status in Japan, generally remain prohibited from entering the country under the current travel restrictions. The Government of Japan published information regarding exemptions to its entry restrictions, which is available here.

U.S. citizens residing in Japan should carefully review the government’s restrictions before embarking on international travel. Individuals who believe their travel may fall under the Government of Japan’s published exemptions should carry documentation about their purpose of travel with them and consult with immigration officers regarding reentry to Japan prior to departing the country.

Several U.S. Forces Japan installations have reinstituted stringent health protection measures to protect both their personnel and local populations.

Routine Passport, Citizenship, and Visa Service Limitations

The U.S. Department of State is beginning to resume a very limited number of routine visa and passport services. Routine appointments remain suspended in Tokyo and Sapporo. For specific information please check our website for visas and American Citizen Services.

Effective immediately, online payment for mail-in adult U.S. passport renewal is available in Japan. For information, please see our website.

U.S. citizens and visa applicants who are granted appointments at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo or any U.S. consulate in Japan must wear masks upon entering the premises and are prohibited from entering these facilities if they have symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to anyone known to have tested positive for COVID-19 in the previous 14 days.


Resources in Japan

Japanese immigration officials have extended the period of application for certain types of visa extensions and residency applications; increased the waiting time for decisions in certain cases; extended visa validity for visitors whose period of stay expired in March through July; and, announced new measures to reduce congestion in waiting rooms. More information can be found here: www.moj.go.jp...

The Japan National Tourism Organization maintains up-to-date information on screening and quarantine measures for travelers. It also operates a 24/7 visitor hotline, available in English. To call from Japan: 050-3816-2787; from overseas: +81-50-3816-2787.

The Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare also has a 24/7 hotline at +81-3-3595-2176 with English-speaking operators, and has a Q&A on the new measures.

The Association of Medical Doctors of Asia Medical Information Center are operating a hotline to assist foreign nationals in Japan with questions about COVID-19. It is available from 10:00 to 17:00, and can be reached at 03-6233-9266. More information can be found here.

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government launched a multilingual call center on COVID-19 for foreign residents. They can be reached by phone from 10:00 to 17:00, Monday through Friday, at 0120-296-004. Callers should note that the initial recording is in Japanese, but if you hold the line you can be assisted in English.

The Government of Japan launched a Foreign Resident Support Center, located at:

The center is open from 9:00 to 5:00 on weekdays, and provides consultations in several languages, including English. Eight organizations participate in the center, including the Immigration Services Agency, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Tokyo Labor Bureau

Global Level 4 Health Advisory – Do Not Travel: The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19.

CDC Travel Notice for Japan: On March 21, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a Level 3 Warning (Avoid Nonessential Travel) for COVID-19 in Japan.




posted on Jul, 22 2020 @ 03:47 AM
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a reply to: musicismagic

For a country with a high population density and a large older population. No.



posted on Jul, 22 2020 @ 03:56 AM
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originally posted by: neutronflux
a reply to: musicismagic

For a country with a high population density and a large older population. No.



I always said after the elections to be held, then we would start to see some actual testing of the masses. Elections are now over. Japan is really in a depression. I know, I live here. Small town Japan is dying or already has died. The virus has killed many mom and pop stores that have been in business for generations. Even our business we closed, but have now reopened.
I feel by October here there will be food shortages. This is my " MIM's Street Talk". So let's see if this is one of many that have panned out. Japan imports 47% of its food. Much of it was coming in from China. Now the packages say this: packaged in Japan. Can you believe this fkn BS. It comes in from China, but now they don't have to disclose it, just packaged in Japan. Politicians don't realize when they go out to eat at them fancy restaurants they are eating poison from China. So fk them.


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posted on Jul, 22 2020 @ 04:28 AM
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I don’t think anyone believes the Chinese Virus is a joke, however, there are many people that think the numbers are inflated, the data manipulated and decisions are being made for political reasons and not public health reasons.



posted on Jul, 22 2020 @ 05:23 AM
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a reply to: musicismagic

I do think big businesses has used the coronavirus to push mom and pop businesses out. Big businesses that can weather economic chaos has shamed with social media smaller businesses Into business models that are detrimental.

This whole covid19 response seems geared to forcing people into an online existence. Pushing people from the physical world into one of social shaming, government monitoring, and probably into a world of social scoring.



posted on Jul, 22 2020 @ 06:05 AM
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originally posted by: neutronflux
a reply to: musicismagic

I do think big businesses has used the coronavirus to push mom and pop businesses out. Big businesses that can weather economic chaos has shamed with social media smaller businesses Into business models that are detrimental.

This whole covid19 response seems geared to forcing people into an online existence. Pushing people from the physical world into one of social shaming, government monitoring, and probably into a world of social scoring.



In Hong Kong,what you say may be the truth.
Thank you for pointing that out.

In Japan, so far we don't have to have papers to travel.
in the country.



posted on Jul, 22 2020 @ 07:03 AM
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a reply to: Metallicus

Hard for people to grasp. I don't understand why. You are either all in or all out in their eyes.
edit on 22-7-2020 by KnoxMSP because: (no reason given)



posted on Jul, 22 2020 @ 07:23 AM
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The China virus is a euphemism for "we are technically at war with China".

As medical history can show, humans the world over have been living with corona virus since medicine identified it ages ago. A new mutation?? So what, influenza has various new mutations a year. It is a weaponised media campaign that casts a shadow over actual geo political retaliation between the western hegemony and China.

Western population too sensitive to the idea a global conflict, a world war if you will, as being a possibility. So we get an easier way to divert the unrest, blame it on microbes that are only a real threat to a fraction of the human global population, essentially as it is any year.

Ask any honest so called expert how exposed humans were in every other year to corona viruses and they will change the subject. Both bill gates and fauci are both on record stating early on how insignificant the virus actually is to most humans. Spoiler alert, about as dangerous as it always has been.

These positive results could have been reproduced in any other year under similar mass testing schemes.

Global border closures have always been historically a prelude to severe conflict. The world never closed its borders for small pox, polio, ebola or zyka. Microbes hardly if ever are a reason for border closures, but global conflict has its established precedents for doing just that. Even regional ones.
edit on 7-22-2020 by worldstarcountry because: bad spelling



posted on Jul, 22 2020 @ 07:51 AM
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originally posted by: neutronflux
a reply to: musicismagic
I do think big businesses has used the coronavirus to push mom and pop businesses out. Big businesses that can weather economic chaos has shamed with social media smaller businesses Into business models that are detrimental.

This whole covid19 response seems geared to forcing people into an online existence. Pushing people from the physical world into one of social shaming, government monitoring, and probably into a world of social scoring.

This. In spades.

#Fu**Masks
#Fu**YourNewNormal



posted on Jul, 22 2020 @ 07:53 AM
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originally posted by: worldstarcountry
As medical history can show, humans the world over have been living with corona virus since medicine identified it ages ago. A new mutation?? So what, influenza has various new mutations a year.

And we all, each and every one of us, has quite literally TRILLIONS of viruses living inside us all the time. The fact is, we would, quite literally, DIE without them.



posted on Jul, 22 2020 @ 08:11 AM
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a reply to: tanstaafl

We have been taught that we live in an ever evolving universe.

If that is true, then survival depends on our ability to continuously adapt. Survival of the fittest does not always mean that only the strong, or even the smartest will make it.

We think we are more intelligent than all other lifeforms on the planet. We think we can hold back or stop, what may be a necessary part of the planet's reaction for its survival. Maybe fighting natural adaptation only makes the process deadlier.

That may be why, using scientific history, insects, reptiles, and rodents, have survived almost all our cataclysmic events in the greatest numbers.



posted on Jul, 22 2020 @ 10:02 AM
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originally posted by: neutronflux
a reply to: musicismagic

For a country with a high population density and a large older population. No.



Exactly, the virus is no joke in the US also in high density areas. Worst hit are high density areas with lots of public transportation. Public transportation in those areas is generally filthy, garbage strewn and packed tightly - you can see this in the NYC subways. The virus transmission in NYC would have been much lower if the subways had been closed down, I've been in those filthy, garbage strewn disease cars many times.

Japan, especially Tokyo has high density and a great deal of public transportation. A vector for massive epidemics.

Also, the birth rate has fallen so drastically in Japan that the population is heavily elderly - another vector for rapid transmission and death from the virus as we have seen around the world. Same in Florida, a population that is heavily elderly.

It is no joke for sure.

But the CDC has failed us by inflating the numbers. When a person died in a motorcycle accident and then the blood was tested and COVID was found, the person was declared dead of COVID. I read another article where a man was called by the health department because they said he had COVID, he was never tested for it, had no symptoms, he was exposed but not ill, and he was counted as COVID positive and the health department insisted he had it. These types of incidents make people feel like it might be a joke. Trouble is these are not isolated instances, things like this are reported all over the US.

With the gloom and doom of daily reporting on COVID 19, 24/7, and the politicizing of the virus, added to inflating the numbers people are coming not to trust the media, the politicians in general, and don't know if they can believe the politicians or the media. That is why people are taking it as a joke. When politicians blame each other for a virus that came from China it starts to become a joke. When people die of an accident and happen to have COVID and it is declared they died from it, it starts to become a joke. How are people expected to take it seriously when a US politician is blamed for a pandemic by the media and other politicians. It turns a serious matter into a joke.



posted on Jul, 22 2020 @ 11:05 AM
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yes that is true......we are supposed ti have a certain amount of good and bad bacteria and viruses in our bodies..it is a balance not too much or too little


originally posted by: tanstaafl

originally posted by: worldstarcountry
As medical history can show, humans the world over have been living with corona virus since medicine identified it ages ago. A new mutation?? So what, influenza has various new mutations a year.

And we all, each and every one of us, has quite literally TRILLIONS of viruses living inside us all the time. The fact is, we would, quite literally, DIE without them.



posted on Jul, 23 2020 @ 12:29 AM
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a reply to: Metallicus

Now you've met someone who thinks its a joke. Someone is going to have to explain to me why i should believe there is a "new" novel virus that just happens to do almost everything the seasonal HuCov has always been known capable of. How can we be sure "they" didn't just rebrand the yearly human coronavirii (229e etc) and tell us it was new and there was no cure and let human proclivity to panic take over with a little help from the hyperventilating media? Close down half the hospitals, furlough and fire half all medical workers, the script writes itself.



posted on Jul, 23 2020 @ 12:46 AM
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a reply to: musicismagic

Not that I find the virus to be a joke, I find the manner in which the reporting on it has changed to be a joke. Has the number of deaths increased? And if so how much? AT the start of the outbreak I would see the death rates reported daily with the increase in cases. Now that little detail seems to be being omitted in everyone's reporting. How can we make informed judgement's without being informed of things like that? Trust the media and/or government to make decisions for us ? In a perfect world they would have no reason to lie or omit information like that, but obviously we are no where near a perfect world.







 
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