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Posted in: New Zealand apologizes for historic raids on Pacific people See in context

Many of the people targeted in these raids were illegal overstayers. However the way the raids were conducted would not stand up to today's standards. Countries should not feel bad about enforcing immigration law. I feel an apology is maybe due but at the same time Ardern has used this as an opportunity to virtue signal and shore up her support in those communities.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 3,058 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 10,177 See in context

These numbers are far from ideal - let's be honest about that.

But some good news.

50 million people in Japan have now had at least one dose of the vaccine.

Over 36 million have had 2.

86.2% of over 65s have had at least one dose of the vaccine.

75.4% of over 65s are fully vaccinated.

This will be the last wave of any substance I would say, as Japan continues with its vaccine rollout.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports record 3,177 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 9,576 See in context

These are provisional numbers but over 7000 cases nationwide with a few prefectures pending. The site below is reporting zero COVID deaths for the day.

https://covid19japan.com/

Simple reason is that 81 million vaccine doses have been administered in the country with 85% of over 65s having had at least one dose and 70% having had both doses.

https://vdata.nikkei.com/newsgraphics/coronavirus-japan-vaccine-status/

Hopefully this outbreak acts as an impetus for Japan to crack on more quickly with the vaccine rollout.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,763 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 5,020 See in context

The grand total of 4 deaths in one day related to COVID-19. 84.1% of over 65s have had at least one dose of the vaccine and 65.5% have had both.

We are having a bit of a wave now, but this will be the last one as the vaccination program speeds on. Now at 77 million doses.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,128 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 3,574 See in context

I do agree with some posters who attribute the lower numbers partially to the long weekend, but in any case, these numbers very much point to Japan's success in vaccinating the over 65s as the new infections are concentrated amongst younger people.

83.9% of all over 65s have had one dose of the vaccine, and 64.4% are fully vaccinated.

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Posted in: Algerian judoka to be sent home after refusing potential bout with Israeli See in context

Disgraceful. He would do well to reflect on Algeria's treatment of Jews.

After Algeria gained its independence in 1962, it passed the Nationality Code in 1963, depriving non-Muslims of citizenship. This law extended citizenship only to those individuals whose fathers and paternal grandfathers were Muslim. 95% of the country's 140,000-strong indigenous Jewish population went into exile after the passage of the law. Approximately 130,000 Jews left Algeria. Moroccan Jews who were living in Algeria and Jews from the M'zab Valley in the Algerian Sahara, who did not have French citizenship, as well as a small number of Algerian Jews from Constantine, also emigrated to Israel at that time.[

By 1969, fewer than 1,000 Jews were still living in Algeria. By 1975 the government had seized all but one of the country's synagogues and converted them to mosques or libraries.

There are an estimated 50 Jews remaining in Algeria, mostly in Algiers

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Posted in: Why some seniors fly into a rage at convenience stores and hospitals See in context

In my professional life, I deal with a lot of older people. Most are really good.

There are some though that had very prominent careers who grew up in an era where bullying was a tactic you could use to get places, and that is sometimes evident in their behaviour towards us. These days being a bully in the company I work for is career suicide, but in days gone by I suspect it was almost advantageous. I suspect a lot of these older guys referred to in the article were bullies during their career.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,832 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 4,943 See in context

These numbers are concerning, however the fact that such a number is being reported at this very time gives a lie to the conspiracy theorists on this site that think Japan is manipulating the numbers and who want everyone in Japan to get the virus.

Vaccinations continuing at a good pace, now just under 74m doses in total with 83% of over 65s having had at least one dose, and 62.1% of over 65s being fully vaccinated.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,387 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 3,758 See in context

This high number gives a lie to the conspiracy theorists on this site who think Japan is manipulating the numbers.

In any case, with 82.3% of over 65s having had one dose of the vaccine, and 60% having had two, deaths are very low.

Almost 72m vaccine doses have been administered as well. We'll be close to 100m by the time the Olympics are finished. The light is at the end of the tunnel.

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Posted in: South Australia locks down after 5 virus cases detected; 14 mil nationwide under lockdown See in context

The Aussies are paying the price for a slow vaccine rollout. Lockdowns should no longer be necessary in any way.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 727 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 2,329 See in context

81.7% of over 65s have had at least one dose of the vaccine.

57.9% have had both.

Over a third of the total population has now had at least one dose of the vaccine.

70m vaccine doses administered in total.

The news is positive my friends, very few deaths now - but still the conspiracy theorists on this site continue on.

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Posted in: New Zealand says huge focus on trans trailblazer at Tokyo Olympics See in context

As a New Zealander, I am embarrassed that Hubbard is being allowed to go the Olympics. Gavin Hubbard was nowhere near Olympic standard, competing as a male.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,308 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 3,418 See in context

Numbers like this a week out from the Olympics should disprove any notion that Japan has been falsifying the numbers.

The one positive from the figures is that deaths are low due to high vaccination rates in the over 65s with close to 80% of over 65s having had one dose and 52% having had both.

65 million vaccines doses now administered in total across Japan with 19.7% of the population fully vaccinated.

https://vdata.nikkei.com/newsgraphics/coronavirus-japan-vaccine-status/

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 830 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 2,386 See in context

The conspiracy theorists will be out again no doubt. By the end of the month nearly all over 65s will have been vaccinated, surely time then just to get on with life.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 502 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,506 See in context

Now at 60 million vaccination doses administered. We are starting to see a lot fewer deaths now, primarily as 76% of over 65s have had at least one dose of the vaccine, and close to half are fully vaccinated.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 920 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 2,191 See in context

@GdTokyo The volunteers I know have all been vaccinated. It's pretty much part of the deal.

920 is a bad number, but the bad numbers seem to be confined to Kanto. Ehime now 5 days in a row with no cases for example. Vaccinations now over 50 million doses.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 593 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,670 See in context

Here come the conspiracy theorists who will try and claim that these numbers are falsified.

593 is not a great number but it is not as bad as it was, and the vaccination program is in full swing. Patience my friends.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 342 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,030 See in context

Numbers very low now outside of Kanto and the vaccination program approaching 50M jabs, just as I said they would. We may be over 70M when the Olympics kick off.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 714 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,821 See in context

Today will be the first day in a while that new cases have exceeded recoveries, although Kanto is the only real hotspot at the moment. Just hope the vaccination program can continue to ramp up.

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Posted in: Japan backs off on forecast of 30 gold medals at Tokyo Olympics See in context

Looking forward to the Olympics! COVID-19 low in Japan again, and the ongoing vaccination program will ensure this is a safe Olympics. Can't wait!

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 317 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,002 See in context

Weekend numbers so low, but more encouraging is the very low numbers in other parts of the country.

Waiting on the updated vaccination numbers, I'd say we'd be over 40 million doses now.

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Posted in: Kumamoto Castle main tower damaged by 2016 quake reopens to public See in context

One of my favourite castles in Japan - great news!

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 386 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,283 See in context

Now under 20k active cases nationwide and falling. Kanto the only region really seeing much in the way of new cases. Vaccinations picking up. Things looking good. Still the conspiracy theorists carry on, do they want everyone in Japan to get the virus? Seems that way.

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Posted in: New Zealand plans stronger hate speech laws See in context

The devil is in the detail. Laws are already on the books in relation to incitement, and I can see the new legislation being weaponised by people to silence their political opponents. Given the proclivities of the current NZ government, I think this will mean opaque wording of the act with 'hate speech' not being clearly defined, enabling the act to be used at the discretion of the powers that be.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 570 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,672 See in context

Numbers very low now outside of Kanto. Vaccinations moving ahead, now 20% of people in Japan have had at least one dose, and at least 1M doses are being administered per day. 11M people now fully vaccinated.

The numbers in Tokyo are higher than ideal, but things are changing for the better in Japan overall.

Some people on this site laughed at me when I said there would be 50 million jabs by the Olympics, if anything now that was a conservative estimate - I think we'll be at 70m by then.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 619 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,779 See in context

That is not a good number - the fact that such an increased number is reported dispels some of what the conspiracy theorists on this site keep saying.

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Posted in: NZ brings back restrictions in Wellington after COVID scare from Sydney visitor See in context

All 4 close contacts named of this guy have tested negative so far. Guessing that vaccine shot may have meant he wasn't that contagious.

Level 2 in NZ mostly just means restrictions on gatherings, for example the NZ Maori vs Samoa rugby game on Saturday in Wellington will be played with no crowd.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 236 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 868 See in context

NipponGloryToday  05:51 pm JST

i could be wrong but unlikely, but i think Japan is delivering more vaccines each day than any other country in the world now?

Not even close to what China has done. The Chinese have delivered over 1 billion doses so far at well over 15M a day.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 236 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 868 See in context

I'd say around 800 cases nationwide today. People on this site don't seem to like the fact that the current wave is subsiding.

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Posted in: More companies, universities begin on-site vaccinations See in context

Japan starting to smash the vaccine rollout. Just a shame they started so late.

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