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Posted in: Tokyo reports 221 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 803 See in context

The Tokyo numbers haven't really moved up or down, but numbers in the regions seem to have increased a bit which is a concern. Okayama had a lot of cases today.

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Posted in: Australia's coronavirus epicenter to ease curbs after no new cases See in context

About time. Hopefully Daniel Andrews pays a massive price at the next state election.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 124 new coronavirus cases See in context

Tokyo is doing okay I think but there are other parts of the country where infections are spreading. Overall though, given Japan's population, 6000 active infections is not many.

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Posted in: Use of smartphones wasting more kids' time, wrecking their brains, says doctor See in context

Really holding off on getting my child a mobile phone. I guess he will have to have one at some point but they can be gigantic time wasters.

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Posted in: Japan had record 610,000 school bullying cases in FY2019 See in context

Never had anything to do with Japanese schools, but I do recall meeting a Filipina mother of a kid who was suffering badly from bullying at this school. The kids Japanese father didn't seem to want to address the issue and the poor mother was at her wits end.

The kid was in a private English class with one of his main tormentors, and my coworker dealt with it very quickly in that setting ,but that was only for a once a week Eikaiwa class, so presumably the bullying at school continued unabated.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 186 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 740 See in context

Numbers spiking a little in places like Osaka and Hokkaido, which is not ideal and numbers are up overall.

The only bright spot at the moment is that there are now 6 prefectures with no active cases and a further 13 have less than 10 active cases.

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Posted in: China vows retaliation if U.S. proceeds with Taiwan arms sale See in context

And for any Chinese that may read this, Taiwan is a country

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Posted in: China vows retaliation if U.S. proceeds with Taiwan arms sale See in context

Taiwan as an independent and sovereign country can buy whatever it wants. China has no say in the matter.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 150 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 611 See in context

A good number for this time in the week. Active cases are inching their way downwards. Japan doing a great job and the many people wearing masks are testament to that

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 139 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 482 See in context

The number of active cases is falling gradually. There are 4 prefectures with no active cases at all, and another 14 prefectures with less than 10 active cases. Things are going well and it goes without saying that Japan has done an excellent job of containing the virus.

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Posted in: Fishing crews arriving in New Zealand have coronavirus See in context

Hopefully not a big deal. It was caught while they were all in managed isolation. As long as it doesn't get out and I imagine the safeguards are there to prevent that happening.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 78 new coronavirus cases See in context

No doubt we'll see some comments about the lack of testing and doubting the figures. 78 infections is a good sign but no doubt we'll see larger numbers during the week.

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Posted in: New Zealand's next parliament set to be most diverse ever See in context

Diversity is fine, but people need to be up to the job as well. When someone like Phil Twyford (the father of a million stuff ups) is ranked number 4 then you know you have problems.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 132 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 427 See in context

The usual low numbers on the weekend. I do hope that the numbers do not pick up in the colder months but at least infections have stabilized without increasing. Would like to see them come down, but all in all, Japan has done an excellent job of tackling the virus.

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Posted in: New Zealand's Ardern credits virus response for election win See in context

One of the few times where Ardern is telling the truth. Her government's largely successful response to COVID-19 is what won them the election.

Last year she was resoundingly booed at Eden Park at an All Blacks game. That would not have happened had she attended today's game.

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Posted in: All Blacks beat Wallabies 27-7 in front of sold-out crowd See in context

Eden Park has been a graveyard for touring teams. The last time Australia won there was 1986. The last time the All Blacks lost on the ground was against France in 1994.

The return of Beauden Barrett was timely, and Caleb Clarke was outstanding.

Those that question Sam Cane and his captaincy would have had a lot to shut them up today. Cane had an awesome game.

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Posted in: Ardern wins landslide victory in New Zealand See in context

With a mandate and a majority, no reason not to get more polices implemented.

This is one instance where I might agree with you. New Zealand cannot afford for more disastrous delivery such as what we saw with Kiwibuild. With a clear mandate, and no need to horse trade with coalition partners, hopefully this will allow Labour to get things done in a way they couldn't in their first 3 year term.

I would like to see Ardern distance Labour from the Greens (they are not an environmental party, but a group of hard-left socialists).

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Posted in: Ardern wins landslide victory in New Zealand See in context

There is clear evidence of some strategic voting where some National voters, knowing their party would lose, voted Labour to ensure Labour could govern without the Greens.

Labour overpromised and underdelivered in their first term, let's hope that changes.

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Posted in: Ardern wins landslide victory in New Zealand See in context

The only positive to come from the results so far is that Labour will not need to rely on the Greens for support. Ardern for all her faults is conservative by nature and she has a handful of capable ministers, along with some muppets like Phil Twyford.

The Greens on the other hand are dangerous.

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Posted in: LGBT groups in Japan launch petition seeking equality law See in context

I am married to my wife. We have children that are biologically both of ours. No same-sex couple can do what we have done, and so their relationship can never be equal to ours.

I do think though there needs to be a mechanism where the property rights of non-conventional couples can be protected, and I suspect Japan falls down in this area. I don't believe marriage is the right vehicle for this however. Marriage should only ever be between a man and a woman.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 184 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 613 See in context

The numbers are fairly stable, but they aren't going down in the big cities. Active cases seem to have stalled at around the 6000 mark for a few weeks now.

It is worth pointing out though that 19 prefectures have less than 10 active cases, and 3 of those 19 have no active COVID cases at all.

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Posted in: Facebook shuts NZ political party's page before polls over COVID-19 misinformation See in context

To be honest, it is hard to see why Facebook has done this. Few people in New Zealand take this party seriously, and they have zero hope of getting any representation in parliament.

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Posted in: Ardern set to win in New Zealand's 'COVID election' See in context

I will concede that her party has largely done a good job through this pandemic but that is about it.

Ardern campaigned in 2017 on fixing child poverty - it got worse in the last 3 years. They campaigned on Kiwibuild, a project to ramp up housing supply and fix housing shortages. It was a catastrophic failure. Ardern campaigned on a light rail line in Auckland, saying it would be built by 2021, it hasn't started and probably never will. Pre-COVID, the economy was limping towards recession given the business unfriendly nature of the Labour led government.

All this adulation from overseas focuses on Ardern's image and not what her government has achieved.

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Posted in: Ardern set to win in New Zealand's 'COVID election' See in context

Ardern is being rewarded for some decent crisis management, but without COVID her government would have been toast. They failed to deliver on just about everything they promised. Over-promise and under-deliver has been their legacy to date.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 166 new coronavirus cases See in context

Numbers staying low. These consistently low numbers seem to be a disappointment to many posters on this site.

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Posted in: Shinkansen to get speed boost along Tohoku route See in context

The Hokkaido Shinkansen will eventually get to Sapporo around 2030 and that is essentially the goal here. Without speed improvements, a bullet train to Sapporo from Tokyo will take too long and people will just continue to fly between the two cities.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 78 new coronavirus cases See in context

Nice to see the number lower but we see this kind of variation every week with weekends and so on.

In any case the number of active cases is falling so we can be thankful for that.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 146 new coronavirus cases; nationwide 434 See in context

Tokyo seems to be doing okay but the Hokkaido numbers are a bit of a worry. Still under 6000 active cases in Japan which is a tiny percentage of the population.

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Posted in: All Blacks, Wallabies draw 16-16 in first int'l rugby match since March See in context

Australia deserved to win, although their second try was questionable as well.

I hope like anything for New Zealand's sake that they get Beauden Barrett back next week. Mo'unga was awful.

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Posted in: New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern poised for big win in election, poll says See in context

Some people seem to think that the dislike for Ardern is a gendered thing. A nice way of deflecting attention some real issues with her and her party. If anything her party is let down by having so many incompetent men in cabinet. Hipkins, Clark, Twyford, Davis etc. Most private sector companies in New Zealand wouldn't employ these guys.

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