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Coronavirus impact in Japan

Old Feb 14, 20, 12:08 am
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Originally Posted by hailstorm View Post
"Chief cabinet secretary Yoshihide Sugaand health minister Katsunobu Kato said there was no evidence the new coronavirus, was spreading widely in Japan."

Yes, as long as you don't test people, there won't be evidence that the disease is spreading in Japan...
so much emphasis on downplaying things.
Wonder if the arrest of Macky was timed to distract the public from the growing virus-related anxiety and criticism.
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Old Feb 14, 20, 2:23 am
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New rule to take effect 14 Feb

https://www.tokyo-np.co.jp/s/article...301001165.html

If there's anyone suspected of having the virus upon arrival is indeed found to have the virus, then no one on the flight is allowed entry to Jpn and everyone is routed to quarantine / holding pattern.

I'm not sure if this is going to be any different than what they've already been doing. I don't know if this is at all a significant change.
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Old Feb 14, 20, 3:28 am
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Originally Posted by evergrn View Post
If there's anyone suspected of having the virus upon arrival is indeed found to have the virus, then no one on the flight is allowed entry to Jpn and everyone is routed to quarantine / holding pattern.
That's just not possible? There is no "5 Minute Testkit", let alone to have it onboard.

*confuzzled*
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Old Feb 14, 20, 3:30 am
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Originally Posted by evergrn View Post
https://www.tokyo-np.co.jp/s/article...301001165.html

If there's anyone suspected of having the virus upon arrival is indeed found to have the virus, then no one on the flight is allowed entry to Jpn and everyone is routed to quarantine / holding pattern.

I'm not sure if this is going to be any different than what they've already been doing. I don't know if this is at all a significant change.
Not sure about your translation.

An English article.
https://www.nippon.com/en/news/yjj20...uarantine.html

Tokyo, Feb. 13 (Jiji Press)--Japan will revise an ordinance to enable the isolation of those infected or suspected of being infected with the new coronavirus during quarantine, the health ministry said Thursday.

The revision, seen taking effect Friday, will also allow authorities to conduct compulsory hospitalization of infected people with no symptoms.

The government decided on the revision after a group infection and infected people without symptoms were found on the Diamond Princess cruise ship quarantined at Yokohama, near Tokyo.

Under the revised ordinance, authorities will be able to isolate infected people through hospitalization and make people suspected of being infected stay at designated facilities, during the quarantine procedures before they enter the country.

As people with no symptoms will be subject to the compulsory hospitalization measure, the government will cover their medical costs.
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Old Feb 14, 20, 4:13 am
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I have a two night stay in Tokyo coming up in a week, Iím getting somewhat concerned about transiting through NRT and these new rules. Any others?
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Old Feb 14, 20, 4:28 am
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Not sure what to say anymore. We're in uncharted territory here.

I'm worried about leaving Japan, then not being able to get back in.
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Old Feb 14, 20, 8:35 am
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Originally Posted by hailstorm View Post
Not sure about your translation.

An English article.
https://www.nippon.com/en/news/yjj20...uarantine.html

If that article is an accurate translation the ordinance appears to give authorities broad latitude to act even on suspicions -- so how is that determined, and by whom? A flight crew who notices a passenger coughing or who appears unwell?
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Old Feb 14, 20, 8:48 am
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Originally Posted by hailstorm View Post
Was surprised to hear that four countries are already banning people coming from Japan from entering the country. Samoa even bans its own citizens from returning!
Which countries? Source of this information?

South Pacific islands donít count. ;-)

Anyways whatís the fourth? Your post makes it sound like itís a significant issue. Guessing there arenít a lot of pax going from Japan to those islands on a monthly basis. And they didnít single out Japan either.
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Old Feb 14, 20, 10:26 am
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I'm more concerned today than I have been leading up to this point based on the posts above and news reports today.

It seems like there is now a risk on some level of getting stuck a la the Diamond Princess if officials have suspicions about anyone on the flight even if that is unlikely for a flight from the US but we've got ORD - NRT - ITM and then HND - ORD booked so there is some risk there. Plus of course the risk of getting independently sick (not related at all to coronavirus but still presenting a fever) and having that lead to a quarantine situation when trying to leave on HND - ORD.

Add in reports of countries who are beginning to include Japan in their bans, there's a risk that my own business travel could potentially be impacted with a Japan stamp in the passport if things worsen.

Still have a little over a month before we are slated to go but this is the first time I've begun to consider the possibility of cancelling.
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Old Feb 14, 20, 12:26 pm
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I had never canceled a trip either until now. And it did cost me some money in non-refundable hotel costs but I weighed that against the possibility -- perhaps slim -- of actually getting sick or caught up in some travel disruptions and, more importantly, the reality that I was going to be concerned about this before, during and after the trip. For me that was no way to take a pleasure trip.

And bad news seems to be trickling out a little more every day, which could be due to a changing situation but also maybe some crisis management. There are many enormous economic interests impacted here from the Chinese economy, Tokyo Olympics, cruise and travel industry, airlines, etc., and that makes for a whole lot of incentive to perhaps trickle things out, downplay things or otherwise try to minimize the effects.
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Old Feb 14, 20, 3:40 pm
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Much in the same boat...really not sure about travel to Tokyo second week of March for a trade show. Having said that, this in the news today:
https://focustaiwan.tw/society/202002140012
Taiwan is issuing a Level 1 Alert for Japan.
Fun times
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Old Feb 14, 20, 5:07 pm
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South Korea is advising citizens not to travel to Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand and Taiwan.

https://asia.nikkei.com/Spotlight/Co...-and-Singapore
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Originally Posted by KevinDTW View Post
I had never canceled a trip either until now. And it did cost me some money in non-refundable hotel costs but I weighed that against the possibility -- perhaps slim -- of actually getting sick or caught up in some travel disruptions and, more importantly, the reality that I was going to be concerned about this before, during and after the trip. For me that was no way to take a pleasure trip.

And bad news seems to be trickling out a little more every day, which could be due to a changing situation but also maybe some crisis management. There are many enormous economic interests impacted here from the Chinese economy, Tokyo Olympics, cruise and travel industry, airlines, etc., and that makes for a whole lot of incentive to perhaps trickle things out, downplay things or otherwise try to minimize the effects.
I agree with you and have also started the cancellation process for my trip.It is a real shame as I had booked with points a year ago and had all plans worked out.Anyways I would not have enjoyed myself worrying about quarantines etc Maybe next year
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Old Feb 14, 20, 8:09 pm
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I just cancelled.
Things really escalated over the past 2-3 days to the point where I felt the risk of getting stuck in Jpn (or somewhere) was no longer insignificant.
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Old Feb 14, 20, 8:16 pm
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Originally Posted by hailstorm View Post
Not sure about your translation.

An English article.
https://www.nippon.com/en/news/yjj20...uarantine.html

My translation is correct (I'm native).
My link talked about a couple of different initiatives (「隔離」&「停留」) the second of which caught my attention and that's what I translated.
停留は、飛行機や船舶に1人でも明らかな感染者がいたら、乗客全員を入国させずに検査結果が出るまで医療機 関にとどまってもらう。
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