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http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/nn20090518a1.html

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Domestic H1N1 flu cases increase to 42
Large outbreak hits schools in Osaka, Hyogo

By ERIC JOHNSTON
Staff writer

The number of domestic swine flu cases hit 42 on Sunday after 34 high school and college students as well as their family members and teachers in Osaka and Hyogo prefectures were confirmed to have been infected.

Posted on: 2009/5/18 10:02
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Please don't freak out over this like they did here in the US. Two days after it was announced as the new plaque, they realized it wasn't as bad as they thought. NO one died from it and we have thousands of cases. Only two people who had it dies, and they had other health issues. But the new would say "Woman with H1N1 Dies", nevermind that h1n1 didnt kill her

If a child was even suspected of having it, their school was shut down and thoroughly disinfected.......two days later they said if your child was sick just keep them home for a week.

To give an example of how ignorant our educational system is, they wouldnt allow children to visit hog farms for field trips.....thats right, our educators over reacted so bad that they completely ignored the fact that you cant get H1N1 from pigs.....

So, wash your hands, don't make out with sick people and relax.

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A report in Japan Today -

"According to announcements by local authorities, almost all schools in Osaka and Hyogo prefectures will suspend classes this week to prevent the further spread of the disease.

But the city of Osaka kept daycare centers open because their closure would cause problems for working parents."

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http://www.japantoday.com

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Arriving back in Japan last Thursday from my recent 1-month visit to Canada and the U.S., our flight was boarded by a quarantine crew dressed up in goggles, masks, rubber gloves and hospital gowns, armed with a thermal imaging camera to test everyone on the flight before they were allowed to leave the plane.

One girl two rows back from where I was seated had a higher than normal temperature. She was escorted off the plane and pieces of red tape were attached to all seats in a 3-seat radius of where she had been sitting. Then they announced that everone without a red piece of tape on their seat could deplane. The rest of us had to wait there for another half an hour for the test results from the girl who was taken off. She tested negative, so they finally let us go, but we still had to wear masks.

Two days later I got a phone call from the local branch in Matsudo dealing with follow ups. I'd been randomly selected as someone to follow up on for the next 10 days. They asked me if I had any symptoms and requested that if I got any symptoms in the next 10 days to be sure to call them before going to see a doctor (so they could be sure I went to one of the prescribed special hospitals that they've assigned to deal with the virus). They also said they'd be calling again to follow up. After listening to all of that, I asked: "You do realize that many more people are dying of regular influenza than they are of swine flu, right?"

"Uhm.... Ah..... just be sure to wear a mask and report back to us if you develop any symptoms."

"Thanks, I'll be sure to do that."

Panic here in Japan? Never...

( Sarcasm aside, I still keep an eye out for symptoms in people at the dojo. )

Shawn

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Well no one can say they are taking the situation lightly, can they! In a place as crowded as Japan I suppose they must be much more careful, but this response is rather interesting.

Posted on: 2009/5/20 19:35
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kouryuu wrote:
"You do realize that many more people are dying of regular influenza than they are of swine flu, right?"



LOL exactly !!!
Well isnt Japan still boycotting U.S beef after a mad cow scare, like 10 years ago ?

My in-laws were here recently visiting and they were very hesitant to eat any beef. Yes, a little over reactive.
But, better safe then sorry I suppose.

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Hi Dom,

Actually I think that the beef thing is ok now. I could be mistaken though...

Food safety issues are taken pretty seriously here. I guess its mainly because there are so many people living so closely together.

Shawn

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They need to boycott their own food. So many companies are getting caught for changing the expiration dates on their products. After that you get a big TV spectacle with an apology and excessive bowing. Couple months later everything forgotten and business as usual.

A little hypocritical?

Posted on: 2009/5/23 20:20
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