Asia doesn’t want European tourists

The European Union was to agree, Monday, June 29, on a list of fifteen countries that their level of contamination with Covid-19 would make consider as “safe”, allowing their residents to come to Europe from the month of July.

→ READ. Coronavirus: Europe Reopens to Fourteen Countries

This still provisional list, but made public on Saturday June 27 (1), seems to exclude the United States where the epidemic is out of control, like Russia, but China could be included. Non-essential trips to the EU, which have been banned since mid-March, should be phased out from 1is July.

For some Asian countries, on the other hand, there is no question of opening the borders to Europeans who they consider unsafe in terms of health.

Europe demands reciprocity from China

Thus this list of fifteen countries presents certain anomalies. The epidemiological criteria (a rate of new cases of Covid-19 close to or below 16 per 100,000 inhabitants, EU average, over the past 14 days) does not seem to be questioned, except perhaps for the China. Several Member States have judged “ problematic »The reliability of Chinese epidemiological data.

China could still be on this list, but in this case, the European Union “demands” reciprocity. In other words, European nationals can also freely travel to China. What is not the case for the moment, with the exception of some diplomats or businessmen, for whom a quarantine of two weeks is compulsory in Shanghai, in a hotel chosen by the Chinese government.

No European citizen can go to Japan

Another ambiguity of this list, the green light granted to Japanese and South Korean nationals, without “requirement” but accompanied by a simple “request” for “reciprocity”. For the South Korean authorities there is no travel ban in South Korea. “Anyone can enter the country, says a resident of Seoul, but there are some requirements: visa application at the consulate and test on arrival. If the test is positive, it is direct at the hospital, if it is negative it is about two weeks in a hotel chosen by the government, at 100 € per day at the expense of the traveler. “ In other words, a crippling constraint for a tourist. “The South Koreans are afraid of the Europeans whom they consider as” contaminants “”, said this witness again in Seoul.

Foreign residents in Japan cannot return to Japan

The situation is much more ambiguous for Japan. To date, no European national has the right to go there. No exceptions. Even European residents living and paying their taxes in Japan, stranded abroad, are not allowed to return to “their” country of residence.

→ READ. Deconfinement: Orly Airport takes off again

The European “demand” for reciprocity could make a difference, but the Japanese bureaucracy has still not received an order to resolve this situation which affects thousands of people. “Part of my family is in Tokyo and I cannot join them,” testifies a Frenchwoman stranded in Paris.

Hong Kong and Taiwan, exemplary in the management of the virus, are not on the list

Finally, no reference to Hong Kong or Taiwan on this European list, while the prevalence rate in these countries is among the lowest in the world. “If he does not live in Hong Kong, no European can enter it, explains a European expatriate, you can’t even get on the plane. “ In Taiwan, which has managed the coronavirus epidemic in an exemplary manner, “No European tourist returns, it’s closed”, explains a European consultant living on the spot for years.

Taiwanese and foreign residents were able to return, but had to be quarantined for 14 days. “If a Taiwanese man goes to Europe, he should quarantine himself on his return. “ The rules have been softened since June 22 for diplomats, businessmen or teachers, with tests three days before leaving and a quarantine modulated according to the countries of origin: five days for New Zealand but 15 days for Europe … still considered “dangerous”.

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In Tokyo, commented on the words of trump about the invitation of Russia to the G7

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The movie “T-34” will be shown in Japan for the second time

The inhabitants of the Country of the rising sun is asked to produce a picture in the re-hire.

A scene from the movie “T-34”. Photo: Central Partnership

It seems that Russian movie about a tank “T-34” very much to the Japanese audience. Fans insisted on shows in Japan and they got their uncut version of the film will be released in cinemas across Japan. Judging by the press service of “Mars Media”, the premiere will take place at the end of July. As told by the film’s producer Ruben Dishdishyan, it was only possible thanks to numerous requests from fans of the movie, which, surprisingly, was quite a lot in Japan.

It is worth noting that the theatrical version of the film appeared in the Japanese box office in December 2019, after receiving an unexpected success among the audience. Box office “T-34” was about 900 thousand dollars that has brought the film the title of the highest-grossing Russian film in Japan over the last 20 years.

The movie “T-34” filmed with the support of the cinema Fund, and a major role in the film played by Alexander Petrov.

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Medvedev in social networks boasted their drawings

As noted by the skater, it does not have a particular style in painting.

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Two-time world and European champion in figure skating Evgeny Medvedev brought in a separate Instagram account for my drawings. Among her first works there is the image of the French dance pair Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron, Japanese skaters Mao Asada and Satoko Miyahara.

“I’m an athlete, not an artist. I don’t have a particular style in painting. Here is just my emotions and inspiration”.

Evgeny Medvedev

Evgeny Medvedev two years ago, to the surprise of many, left the band Eteri Tutberidze and left canadian coach Brian Orser. For the Russian mentor it was a complete surprise. I must say that in two years a star at the Olympics in Korean Pyeongchang lost to her compatriot Aline Sagitova, has achieved some success.

Many experts from the world of figure skating think that Evgenia Medvedeva time to finish with professional sports. They think that the best years of athletes behind. However, she is of a different opinion. By the way, at the European Championships in Montreal, she was supposed to debut in the role of commentator. The first, as you know, was postponed because of the pandemic.

Itself not so long ago, Medvedev surprised the followers that in the midst of a pandemic coronavirus went to Japan. She later told me that he had planned to perform in the show in the land of the rising sun. It later canceled. One of the residents of Japan generally demanded that Medvedev was expelled from Japan. Allegedly in the midst of the pandemic she was walking around the local supermarket and shopped.

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What is the factor X is?

Wie far, the novel Coronavirus has spread in recent months in the Japanese society? Not very far is the answer. According to a study by the Japanese Ministry of health, only 0.1 percent of the Studied antibodies in the blood have in Tokyo. In the second largest city in Japan, Osaka, it is 0.17 per cent and in the rural Prefecture of Miyagi in the North-East of the country, 0.03 percent. The Ministry had tested for the study at the beginning of June 8000 Japanese in the three regions on antibodies.

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A correspondent for Economics and policy in Japan, based in Tokyo.

The infection rate of the study in Japanese cities is significantly lower than in Western cities. For London, it was determined in similar studies, an infection rate of 17 percent, and in New York city a rate of 20 percent. Other studies in Japan to come to an international comparison of similar low values. The technology investor Softbank Group had recently tested 44,000 employees and medical staff, and came up with a infection rate of 0.43 percent.

The antibody tests are in Japan, of particular interest, because the country has tested only around 340,000, and thus far fewer people on the Coronavirus as many other countries. The new results are significantly lower than in comparable studies in the West, yet they show a larger spread in Japan as the official virus statistics. On Monday, the government had confirmed 17.587 cases of infection. Relative to the overall population that would be a quota of only 0,014 percent.

Low number of virus dead

The capital, Tokyo, reported last approximately 5600 cases of infection. The new study by the Ministry of health indicates that in Tokyo, around 14,000 people with the Coronavirus infected or were. This extrapolation assumes that the Ministry of health in Tokyo tested almost 2000 people are representative of the entire population of Tokyo.

Japan has, in international comparison a very low number of virus dead. Finally, there were 927 – seven Deaths per Million inhabitants. Germany is officially 106 virus dead per Million inhabitants. Experts puzzle over the reasons for Japan and other Asian countries, lower susceptibility to the Coronavirus.

The Nobel prize for medicine 2012, Shinya Yamanaka of Kyoto University, speaks of a not-yet-declared “X” factor. Yamanaka believed that in Japan, many factors are responsible for its success, ranging from the successful virus hunters of the government and the local health centers about the early closure of schools, the will of the Japanese people to Wear face masks and in Japan the spread of body contact. Some researchers also suspect that Japanese and Asians may have through the contact with other corona viruses have a greater resistance to the new Virus.

Japan’s Finance Minister Taro Aso strikes again and again by nationalist Statements, justified the low number of Japanese virus dead a few days ago with the “Superiority” of the Japanese citizens. It is in the Japanese choice of words “Mindo” unclear whether Aso was referring to an ethnic Superiority, or simply cultural and social norms. Japan have kept the death rate very low by the government had asked the Japanese just to minimize the risk of infection, said Aso. “The people in other countries can’t do that, even if they are forced to.”

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In Japan, a documentary about the ” Hikikomori “, the young recluse volunteers “

Hikikomora : the recluse volunteers ?

Tuesday, 16 June at 20: 50 on France 5

They are more numerous, but we do not see. Some disappear in solitude without anyone noticing. What are the ” Hikikomori “. This term, of japanese origin, and refers to a social withdrawal more or less voluntary, and raises many questions that this documentary brings to light.

First, for young people who suffer from it, paralyzed by the fear of the adult world, locked in the darkness of their room and unable to articulate their distress. And then to their parents, who feel responsible. Finally, for psychiatry that seeks to understand the phenomenon.

→ TO READ. The rebellion teenage girl is banned in Japan

In France, they would be tens of thousands, often teenagers or young adults. Marie-Jeanne Guedj, a psychiatrist at the hôpital Sainte-Anne, accompanies us throughout the film. At his side, one enters into the intimacy of “Hikikomori” as Aël, which tells a social pressure unbearable : “Once locked, it was the release, I was okay. But little by little I slid to a suffering. I no longer had anyone to talk to except my computer. “ After spending 14 years in his garden shed fitted, it is however released.

Gradual return to normal life

The film applies to show that the detention is not inevitable. He takes us to Japan, where the phenomenon appeared in the 1990s in the midst of economic crisis. We discover that the time, care and rehabilitation are essential for a gradual return to the outer life. Cut it with a family environment become deadly may be beneficial.

But the film does not hide aspects darkest of the phenomenon. In Japan, thousands of Hikikomori die in the secret of their apartment, in the middle of the waste. A reality-filmed without taboos by Michaëlle Gagnet. His documentary will be followed by a debate : the period of confinement and the context of the economic crisis does not favor-they not such phenomena as low self-esteem ?

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Prado overturned at the entrance to the miner. 12.06.2020. News SOCOM. Uglegorsk. Sakhalin.Info

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Edition of IA Sakh.com received photographs of an accident in Uglegorsky district. According to witnesses, the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado turned over and lay on the roof near the outskirts of Shakhtersk. What exactly was the cause of the accident is unknown, because the road to this place is almost perfect.

Also witnesses said that the driver is alive. About the injuries not reported. It is only known that it had been taken away from the scene.

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“China is going to bring down the dollar”: economists have evaluated the prospect

There are reasons for such a development of events, as SCMP predicts – and quite real. In fact, Beijing holds in its hands (or rather, in the reserves of its National Bank) the “Kashchev needle” in the form of US Federal Reserve bonds for an impressive amount of $ 1.12 trillion. For over 10 years, he remains Washington’s largest foreign lender. This is due to the strict orientation of the Chinese economy to export and a long-term surplus in trade with the United States.

With the largest dollar reserves in the world — more than $ 3 trillion — China invests a substantial part of them in US government bonds, whose yield is higher than, for example, that of government securities in Germany or Japan. Consequently, purely theoretically, at one “fine” moment, Beijing can pay Washington its entire debt for payment: with the very consequences that the press writes about.

But in reality, Beijing sells US Treasury bonds not often and in relatively small doses – in order to maintain the renminbi. In general, the Chinese financial authorities have no alternatives: now the Chinese economy continues to slow down, key macroeconomic indicators are declining. In this situation, a trade and diplomatic conflict with a long-time “sworn friend” creates additional risks. The national currency rate again reached the level of 7 yuan per dollar, which did not exceed since 2008.

“SCMP like horror stories sound constantly,” says Professor, Faculty of World Economy and Politics, Higher School of Economics Alexei Portansky. – But there is no smoke without fire: China really has a powerful potential lever of influence on America, and experts take this into account. At the same time, China is aware of all the negative consequences, including for itself, of the consequences of such a radical step as the rejection of US Fed bonds. ”

Recently, Beijing has been following a foreign policy in the foreign policy, trying to avoid even the smallest risks. For example, in a trade deal with the United States that entered into force on February 14, 2020, he made serious concessions because he was experiencing economic difficulties and could not afford to act from a position of strength. Accordingly, according to Portansky, the publication in SCMP does not reflect the official position of the Chinese leadership, it is only a journalistic attempt to intimidate the administration of President Trump.

If in this context we recall Russia, then for it the hypothetical collapse of the dollar is not at all profitable. Our country exports oil, which is still traded in dollars. If something happens to the American currency, in what then will we receive revenue?

By the way, in recent years, the Russian monetary authorities have systematically reduced the share of the “American” in the Central Bank’s holdings and increased the share of other currencies – in particular, the renminbi. However, when it comes to import purchases, you must in any case have available dollars and euros, which sometimes have to be purchased on the market.

“Right now I’m browsing the Global Times website. This respected English-language newspaper reflects the position of the nationalist part of the Chinese establishment, ”MK said. political scientist-orientalist Yuri Tavrovsky. – So, the publication writes that the American debt should not be touched in any case, since it is huge, and the market still cannot be brought down. In addition, in the current macroeconomic circumstances, Beijing will not be able to place such a large amount anywhere. ” So on his part it will be a crossbow, complete madness, Tavrovsky summarizes.

The idea sounds spectacular, but nothing more. Even Chinese nationalists do not seriously consider this option of “revenge on Trump”. The restrained comment of the Global Times regarding the fate of the US Federal Reserve bonds, according to the source of MK, indicates a lot. This newspaper, which loves to “swing a saber,” stated in an editorial on May 8: China needs to have a thousand nuclear warheads and one hundred intercontinental missiles for their intended delivery.

Apparently, the presence of such weapons for the PRC is seen by the authors as a more realistic prospect than the “peaceful” sale of the US public debt.

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Virus, “mortality lower than seasonal flu”. Study on blood tests in Japan

The figure, in terms of the fight against coronavirus, is surprisingly encouraging: the actual mortality of Covid-19 would be 00:01%, even lower than that of milder seasonal flu, but the Japanese researchers themselves put their hands forward by calling for caution. Moreover, since the outbreak of the pandemic, experts have been divided on the criteria for assessing the mortality of the virus and on the comparison with the effects of the flu waves that affect the world every year with more or less dangerous consequences. Not to mention the non-homogeneous way of calculating mortality in the world.

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The research comes from City Medical Center Hospital of Kobe, city of 1.5 million inhabitants west of Osaka on the east coast of Japan. A city that in normal times is a destination for a strong tourist flow, also international, all year round.

The doctors of the hospital, which boasts a university and solid international collaborations, carried out tests on the blood of a thousand people (a significant sample) who entered the hospital for reasons other than the coronavirus epidemic, which in the country, however, triggered measures much less severe containment than in Italy.

Well, as reported by NHK-World Japan, the analyzes revealed that 3.3% of the people (33) who attended the hospital’s surgeries in March and in the first part of April showed traces of Covid-19 antibodies. . If projected on the population of the city – explain the doctors – these data may suggest that at least 50 thousand inhabitants of Kobe have been infected. Many more than those currently known.

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The director of the hospital, Kihara Yasuki, said that it is indeed possible that many more people than expected were infected with the virus without suffering the consequences and are now carrying antibodies.

A circumstance that could suggest a mortality of 0.01% (one death per 10 thousand patients) for the coronavirus, thus demoted, in terms of danger, to less than a normal flu. A scenario that in turn could guide governments in choosing the virus containment measures in order not to cause further slowdowns to the economy. Heavy topic everywhere, starting right from Japan, for example, forced to postpone the Olympics.

At this point, however, the doctors of the Japanese hospital invite caution in evaluating the results of their research: they remember that the accuracy of the tests and the fact that their sample is made up only of people who have attended the surgeries of their Hospital. This figure on the alleged low mortality of Covid-19 arriving from Kobe must now be accompanied by the results of other research carried out in Japan.

And Professor Katsuda Yoshiaki of the Kansai University of Social Welfare recommends respecting social distancing and staying at home because infected people could be many more than those officially known.

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the mask, a sign of respect for others

In the office, on the street, on the subways and on the trains, in the supermarket, the Japanese have been used for years to face masked faces. And, of course, to wear a mask themselves in their daily activities. In the “world before” the coronavirus, this widespread use passed for an oddity in the eyes of Western visitors. So are they all sick all the time?

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Of course this perception has changed, as the mask is imposed on everyone, in the world, as a barrier to the spread of the virus. And what could pass until then as an excess of hygiene which is difficult to understand seems to be a form of early wisdom, which may have helped the archipelago to escape a more deadly epidemic.

From medical tool to seasonal accessory

The wearing of the mask imposed itself on Japan a century ago, at the time of the terrible pandemic of Spanish flu which ravaged the world population (40 to 50 million dead) and caused some 380,000 deaths in the country. Recognized as an effective prevention tool against influenza or other diseases, the mask became commonplace, little by little, throughout the XXe century.

It was initially reserved for the elderly and children, until it became a kind of facial garment throughout life. This is how, from the 1980s, the mask became a seasonal accessory to deal with spring pollens. According to the health ministry, 20% of Japanese people – 25 million people – are allergic to cedar pollen. So it is not so much for the Japanese to hide, but rather to protect themselves and respect others as well as themselves.

Finally, in the 2010s, some companies put on the market color masks blocking ultraviolet rays so that the skin does not get damaged. And in 2016, the company Pip invented masks to protect against bad odors in trains, stations and subways.

Fashion has taken hold of this generalization, which can be explained in a singular cultural context, explains the Japanese-German writer Sandra Haefelin: the Japanese, according to her, will avoid sunglasses because “The essential element in facial communication in Japan is the eyes”. It is first important to “Read” the feelings of others, reflected in the pupils. And it doesn’t matter if you don’t show your lower face.

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