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Posted in: Tokyo coronavirus cases hit record daily high of 224; 80% in their 20s, 30s See in context

Lots of new cases but very few deaths. 200 is a lot though, just hope it doesn't start getting up into the 1000s.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 75 coronavirus infections; drops below 100 for 1st time in 7 days See in context

I reported the figures yesterday from a COVID tracker which listed Saitama and Kanagawa as one case each, which the site then revised.

Still 200 cases a day for the whole country is not many.

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Posted in: Japan's ruling party calls for government to cancel Xi visit See in context

I want absolutely nothing to do with China, but again Japan has to walk a fine economic line. It was the huge expansion of trade with China in the 2000s that really stopped Japan's economy from tanking. Xi however has overreached. Perhaps at some point the Chinese will start to realise how tarnished their brand is.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 75 coronavirus infections; drops below 100 for 1st time in 7 days See in context

Just 1 case in Saitama after 27 the day before.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 75 coronavirus infections; drops below 100 for 1st time in 7 days See in context

A good sign with a big drop - only one case in Kanagawa too.

I think we'll start to see Japan get back on top of COVID again pretty quickly.

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Posted in: Government Pension Investment Fund posts record quarterly loss of ¥17.71 tril See in context

Interesting to see the comments from people with very little idea about financial markets. Guarantee that most of these losses will have been made back in the April-June quarter. Makes for a good headline though I suppose!

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Posted in: New Zealand's Ardern launches election campaign with promises of jobs, financing See in context

She is completely incapable of delivering. Great at announcing but that is it. Hopefully Todd Muller becomes PM in September.

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Posted in: New Zealand's health minister resigns after virus blunders See in context

That rumour around her fiance's infidelity with the nanny is doing the rounds - unsure of course if there is any truth to it.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 107 new coronavirus cases on Thursday See in context

I guess if I was in Tokyo right now I might be giving the drinking spots a miss, but other than that, Japan has around 1000 active cases in a population of 126 million. Perspective people.

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Posted in: New Zealand's health minister resigns after virus blunders See in context

This came about 3 months too late. This clown should have gone when he was caught mountain biking during the lockdown. Weak leadership from Jacinda Ardern.

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Posted in: China forces birth control on Uighurs to suppress population See in context

China is a disgraceful country that I want nothing to do with. The independent country of Taiwan is everything that China should aspire to be.

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Posted in: Australia sees biggest daily rise in COVID-19 cases in 2 months See in context

The Victorians have dropped the ball somewhere I think, but I still think they'll be able to nip this in the bud sooner rather than later.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 60 coronavirus cases; highest since state of emergency lifted See in context

60 is a small number given Tokyo's population. Time to get on with life and not worry too much about the virus I think.

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Posted in: Australia reports first COVID-19 death in more than a month; state seeks military support See in context

Agreed - almost nobody in hospital, low levels of deaths. Life should go back to normal.

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Posted in: Office cluster pushes Tokyo coronavirus cases to 6-week high of 55 See in context

Still low levels of infections. There will be more but going about our lives normally is still the best thing to do.

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Posted in: Australia reports first COVID-19 death in more than a month; state seeks military support See in context

It is telling that there have been hundreds of cases since the last death. Is it fair to say that the virus is weakening in its intensity?

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Posted in: Shiojiri Station – The train station that doubles as a wine vineyard See in context

Interesting name Shiojiri - Literally 'Salty Butt'

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Posted in: Where should COVID-19 tests fit into travel process and who pays? See in context

I'm keen to travel and happy to pay to be tested, but who knows how long it will be until borders are open again.

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Posted in: Blues beat Chiefs 24-12 in Super Rugby Aotearoa See in context

The Blues look different with B. Barrett's organization, but their forwards have stepped up too. Tuipulotu really playing well and Hoskins Sotutu looking like a future All Black.

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Posted in: Australian state extends state of emergency as coronavirus cases surge See in context

The other Australian states have managed to get things under control, so Victoria is an outlier. Hopefully they can do a better job of stamping out these clusters that have emerged.

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Posted in: Spain to allow Britons to visit from Sunday without quarantine See in context

It sounds as if Europe has accepted that COVID-19 will be around for a while yet and to live with it. Economically, Spain probably has no choice but to open back up.

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Posted in: Air New Zealand to resume flights from Auckland to Shanghai, Narita next week See in context

These flights will just surely be people repatriating for now. Keen to get back to Japan though once there are fewer restrictions on movements.

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Posted in: Australia plans university fees hike to deter humanities students See in context

Unfortunately universities in the West have been heavily dominated by extreme left wing factions in recent times. Humanities however are important and should not be devalued as this appears to have been.

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Posted in: Another new coronavirus case in New Zealand rattles public confidence See in context

There is a lot of anger out there from people who previously thought the world of Jacinda Ardern and feel that they have been let down. Hopefully in September Comrade Ardern will be shown the door.

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Posted in: Iwate is still the only one of Japan's 47 prefectures with no confirmed coronavirus cases. Any theories why? See in context

Japan has had a very low number of cases in total so there are a number of prefectures who were barely touched. It's the big cities that we were rightly worried about.

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Posted in: Another new coronavirus case in New Zealand rattles public confidence See in context

Unbelievable incompetence from Jacinda Ardern and David Clark. David Clark needs to go. Mountain biking during the lockdown, and now overseeing this debacle.

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Posted in: New Zealand drops plans for armed police patrols See in context

Unfortunately the NZ Police Commissioner is a left-wing political appointee, but in general it is best that police are not armed, unless they absolutely have to be. NZ is starting to have more and more issues with gangs and other criminal behaviour given the soft on crime record of the Ardern government.

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Posted in: As Japan battles coronavirus, cash and bank deposits rise at record pace See in context

Very prudent. Liquidity is king.

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Posted in: New subway station opens at Toranomon Hills in Tokyo See in context

To those who think it's a waste? Why? Tokyo Metro is profitable, and why wouldn't they want to do something to increase the number of users?

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Posted in: South Korea's coronavirus cases surpass 50 for 2nd straight day See in context

57 is not many - may take a while to get them down to single figures, but it will happen.

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