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Posted in: Japan aims to remove daily arrival cap in October to spur tourism See in context

That's the problem though, that is only the international perception which is not backed up by data. In 2019 (the last full pre-pandemic year) the entire tourism sector accounted for a mere 0.96% of the GDP, and only 19% of that is attributed to foreign tourism.

Japan certainly wants the perception of a tourist destination, but by all measures Japan certainly does not depend on foreign tourism in any meaningful way.

Yes - but it is still a material number. The key with consumption taxes and so on that tourists pay is that the government doesn't really need to do much if anything for those tourists in return.

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Posted in: Japan aims to remove daily arrival cap in October to spur tourism See in context

Japan missing out on a lot of revenue from shutting tourists out. Surprised there is not more outcry from business given so many businesses in Japan do well out of tourists, least of all the govt getting 10% consumption tax on most of what tourists spend (they will also get plenty of excise tax from all the beer I will drink when I am next in Japan)

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Posted in: New Zealand removes most remaining COVID rules as cases wane See in context

About time this was done. The government really enjoyed having a high level of control over its citizens, and have only reluctantly let it go.

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Posted in: Japan reports 52,918 new coronavirus cases See in context

Sunday numbers admittedly, but the trend is our friend.

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Posted in: Japan reports 149,906 new coronavirus cases; 14,451 in Tokyo See in context

Heading downwards. Time to remove absolutely all restrictions and get on with things.

Corona is a thing of the past.

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Posted in: Do you think marriage will continue to be a key social institution in the future? See in context

It should be, provided it is between a man and a woman.

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Posted in: Jetstar resumes Tokyo-Cairns flights See in context

Have used this route in the past, and I'd say Japanese passengers were the majority each time. I'd say Japan's opening up is not far off anyway, probably once current COVID wave subsides.

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Posted in: Gyms facing COVID mask dilemma amid summer heat concerns See in context

You can't train properly with a mask on. This is just ridiculous.

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Posted in: McLaughlin smashes world record to win world 400 meters hurdles See in context

These world champs have been awesome to watch. Oregon a great venue too.

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Posted in: New Zealand launches new investor migrant visa See in context

The old system meant that someone could buy a NZ Government Bond to a certain value and that enabled them to live in NZ.

As always the devil is in the details, but knowing NZ's Labour party, they will make a mess of the new system.

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Posted in: If toys become gender neutral, it will contribute to an expanding market and children will be able to learn about gender equality through toys. See in context

Let the kids do what they want - but let boys be boys and let girls be girls. There are only two genders.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 960 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 7,956 See in context

Corona is over - open back up Japan, for goodness sake.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,584 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 15,109 See in context

Really starting to fizzle out. Hopefully we are close to seeing the end of corona.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,344 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 12,207 See in context

Wow - corona starting to really fizzle out.

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Posted in: New Zealand hands out extra cash to fight 'inflation storm' See in context

Any young New Zealander with any sense of ambition should get out while they can. The current government is running New Zealand into the ground.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 3,161 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 26,865 See in context

I guess the Golden Week holiday may have influenced this number, but it is good to see it continue to fall.

It really is time to move on from COVID-19.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 6,713 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 47,131 See in context

Not even really news anymore. Time to move on from corona.

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Posted in: Yoshinoya beef bowl chain exec dismissed over sexist remarks See in context

It is okay to be offended. The world is full of those who are too easily offended and need to harden up.

Having said that, these are not remarks that reflect well on the company, and he should know better. Dismissal appropriate for his sheer stupidity.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 5,583 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 40,893 See in context

Bye bye corona. Time we all moved on.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 3,479 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 24,258 See in context

Corona really seems to be fizzling out.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 5,220 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 39,291 See in context

Numbers continue to fall. Good to see. Time for Japan to open the borders and get overseas tourism going again.

Bye bye corona!

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Posted in: No need to stop social activities with Omicron: COVID adviser See in context

No restrictions are required. Those that wish to wear a mask should do so, and those that are sick should stay at home. Nothing more needed.

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Posted in: City in Nara Pref says tourism 'princess' can be of any gender See in context

What absolute PC nonsense.

A princess is female - end of story.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 6,797 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 47,598 See in context

Bye bye corona. The pandemic is on its last legs.

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Posted in: Japan condemns reported Russian attacks on civilians in Ukraine See in context

A resounding defeat for the Russians around Kyiv, with serious casualties and loss of materiel. The bodies of Russian servicemen were piled up at Hostomel when the Ukrainians liberated the airfield there.

Watch for a similar defeat unfolding for the Russians in the Donbas area in the coming weeks as a lack of supply, manpower issues, and ongoing Ukrainian resistance break the Russian army down. NATO intelligence and weaponry/equipment also playing a big role.

Putin gambled big, and will lose big.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 4,384 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 30,157 See in context

Numbers staying low. I hope lots and lots of people are out living life normally, having their ohanami parties, and generally having a good time.

Bye bye corona!

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Posted in: Ukraine sees openings as Russia fixed on besieged Mariupol See in context

After being resoundingly defeated around Kyiv, it will be interesting to see how the Russians go in the Donbas. I suspect all that western weaponry and equipment arriving is going to make it easier for the Ukrainians to defend and to continue to cause serious casualties.

The situation in Bucha, Irpin and Hostomel is disgraceful, with war crimes committed by the Russians - I suspect those Russian soldiers that didn't make it out of the Bucha pocket in time will pay a price.

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Posted in: Singapore to lift restrictions for all vaccinated travelers See in context

Sensible. Singapore has thrived due to being so connected to the rest of the world. Time for Japan to open up.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 6,430 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 41,038 See in context

Numbers continuing to fall. Good to see. Where are our doom and gloom merchants now?

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 3,533 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 20,231 See in context

Bye bye corona!

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