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Posted in: Tokyo reports 729 coronavirus cases; record-high 1,208 in Osaka See in context

Around 5k infections nationwide. In the overall context of a population of 120 odd million, that is not too many, but it should not have gotten to this.

Japan is paying a price for dithering with vaccine approvals and the subsequent vaccine rollout.

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Posted in: Tears and cheers as Matsuyama Masters victory thrills Japan See in context

Fairly sure I taught Matsuyama from Matsuyama when he was a kid. Wasn't that keen on English from what I remember if it was the same one.

I am sure the people in Ehime will be rejoicing right now.

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Posted in: Japan urged to outlaw LGBT+ discrimination before Olympics See in context

I strongly favor anti-discrimination laws in the workplace, after all, what we get up to in our private lives is largely irrelevant in the workplace.

However, given Japan's dire demographics, it is not in the national interest to encourage anything other than normal heterosexual marriage.

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Posted in: China says carrier group drills near Taiwan will become regular See in context

China is trying to bully the independent country of Taiwan. Sorry guys, won't work.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 399 coronavirus cases; record-high 719 in Osaka See in context

Japan paying the price for a slow approval process and a slow roll out of vaccines.

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Posted in: New Zealand-Australia travel bubble to start on April 19 See in context

Should have happened months ago.

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Posted in: Nurseries, kindergartens mull how to teach issues of gender identity See in context

If I had a dollar for every gender, I would have $2 and a bunch of counterfeits.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 249 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,563 See in context

These are weekend figures, so lower than normal. Japan is paying the price for dithering with vaccine approvals and then the vaccine rollout.

Israel for example has had new infections fall through the floor, simply because it cracked on with getting its people vaccinated.

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Posted in: Australia misses vaccine target as concerns grow over slow rollout See in context

Their roll out has been faster than New Zealand's, and they'll be able to ramp things up easily enough given CSL can produce vaccines domestically.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 414 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 2,832 See in context

Hyogo seems to have had a sharp increase in cases, as has Osaka.

In the overall context we are not seeing a lot of cases, but at the same time it illustrates why Japan should not have been wasting time with rolling out the vaccines.

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Posted in: Shimane: Glimpse at an unfamiliar Japan See in context

A good spot Shimane - hope I can visit again one day.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 234 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,339 See in context

Love the constant skepticism of the numbers.

The increase in numbers is not great though. Japan is paying a price for dithering with their vaccination program.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 420 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,917 See in context

Numbers have spiked in Miyagi as well. Japan is going to pay here for their tardiness in getting the vaccination program underway.

In the context of the pandemic, numbers are still very low, but they would be lower if Japan hadn't dithered with vaccines.

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Posted in: In landmark ruling, Japanese court says same-sex marriage ban 'unconstitutional' See in context

I think it is certainly possible to become gay. Thankfully not a blood relative but my mother's cousin by adoption came out about a decade or go. She had boyfriends in her younger years, but being overweight, not worried about her looks, poorly dressed and with a highly abrasive personality, her only viable romantic option was to find another similar female. I suspect that scenario plays out a lot.

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Posted in: One court orders suspension of Tokai nuclear plant; another retracts order to halt reactor in Ehime See in context

Having been to Ikata, I can definitely see how the reactor benefits the local community. There are highly paid skilled workers living in places like Ozu and Yawatahama, and Ikata town itself has some very good facilities for what is essentially a small fishing village. That part of Shikoku needs all the economic help it can get.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 323 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,499 See in context

These numbers are not too bad, but my worry is that the slow rollout of vaccinations will mean another wave is likely.

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Posted in: In landmark ruling, Japanese court says same-sex marriage ban 'unconstitutional' See in context

Given Japan's dire demographic situation, I think this would be a negative for the country.

There needs to be some sort of arrangement around property rights of same-sex couples, but marriage should only ever be between a man and a woman. The relationship of two men and two women can never be equal to that of me and my wife, given that we share a biological child, something same-sex couples cannot do.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 340 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,316 See in context

An uptick from the looks of it. Some prefectures seem to be getting more cases. Shizuoka for example.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 290 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,128 See in context

The first day for a while where active cases actually increased.

3 prefectures now have no active cases at all which is good but government really needs more urgency around the vaccination program.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 116 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 600 See in context

Weekend numbers, but great to see they are low.

Hokkaido numbers don't look good today though, over 60 cases.

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Posted in: New Zealand to buy enough Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines for entire population See in context

On the face of it, this is good news, but whether or not the current NZ government can actually deliver the rollout in a timely fashion is another matter. Delivery has not been their strongpoint.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 237 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,065 See in context

Numbers continuing to fall. Active cases are about 15% of what they were a in January. Headed in the right direction!

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Posted in: How to make money from an unwanted inheritance See in context

I'm keen to buy a place in Japan for our semi-retirement but at the same time worried about liquidity should we want to sell at any point. In terms of my in-laws place, we are happy for her brother to take over the land and house when they eventually go. My wife and I would never live there, whereas my brother in law and his family will.

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Posted in: Tokyo experiences drop in population for 7th consecutive month See in context

Lived in Shikoku, 20 minutes to the beach, 20 minutes to the mountains. Super cheap housing these days. Great place to bring up kids (if both parents are Japanese). Slower and more relaxed pace of life, plenty of nature.

One thing I will say though, the regional areas seem a bit unfriendly to those who have come from the big cities. A newcomer from the big city will be very much treated like an outsider.

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Posted in: Swiss to vote on whether to ban full facial coverings in public See in context

As a Catholic, having a woman cover her head in such a way as a nun does, is fine in my view. Western countries have a culture where women can cover their heads if they choose.

However, wearing a burqa in a Western country is culturally offensive in my view. Whether this should be banned or not is another matter.

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Posted in: Aging low-ranking employees fear they can't survive restructuring See in context

Being restructured is something that could happen to anyone at any time, and I am conscious of it given it has happened to me in the past. I got 6 months severance, and took a holiday, moved back home and then started a new job 3 months later.

Some key things I have done.

1) Build a contingency fund. This means if I have 6 months between jobs, I can still live relatively normally, pay the mortgage, school fees and other bills

2) Have a secondary income that can be ramped up if needs be. I do some online work which I normally do 10 hours a week on and I could easily bump up these hours if I needed to.

3) Pay down my mortgage quicker than I am required to. This means that in a worst case scenario, I can reduce the payments down to free up cashflow.

4) Continue to work on my skills. Don't stand still professionally.

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Posted in: Tokyo experiences drop in population for 7th consecutive month See in context

Have lived in Tokyo - and given my stage of life, it was what was needed at the time, but my next stint in Japan will almost definitely be in a smaller city. These days I can do online work, so I can be anywhere. Only real condition I have is that I would want to be within a couple of hours of an international airport.

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Posted in: Japan asks China to stop anal COVID-19 tests on Japanese citizens See in context

One more reason not to go to China. It is a disgraceful human rights violator which commits genocide in territories it annexed, not to mention the ongoing bullying of all its neighbors except for Russia, who the Chinese are too scared to pick on.

I'd much rather go to the independent nation of Taiwan any day.

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Posted in: Ardern urges New Zealanders to rebuke coronavirus rule-breakers See in context

Strangerland

I love Ardern stories, and how angry they make our far-right posters. She's awesome, cause she trolls them all, by being compassionate, left-wing, highly competent, and above all, hugely popular. Her very existence serves as a contrast to point out how pathetic and useless the losers are.

Surely you jest! Ardern is far out of her depth. NZ is going in the wrong direction, and this current lockdown is completely unnecessary. NZ has a massive housing crisis, huge problems with child poverty, out of control gangs, and she and her government are doing nothing to tackle these issues.

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Posted in: Ardern urges New Zealanders to rebuke coronavirus rule-breakers See in context

The lockdown in Auckland will be proven to be not necessary, and she is throwing these families under the bus for political reasons. Disgraceful!

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