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Posted in: Tokyo reports 856 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 3,571 See in context

The trend is a little worrying, but 36000 active cases in a population of 120 odd million means Japan has it largely under control. Better decisions could have been made though.

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Posted in: Mayor in Shimane Prefecture arrested on suspicion of assaulting nurse See in context

Double H Hiroshi Hara must have got his inspiration from Triple H.

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Posted in: New Zealand's virus-induced recession ends with record growth See in context

Although not a fan of Jacinda Ardern or her party, they have at least mostly made the right decisions in the face of the pandemic. Ardern has proven to be good in the face of crisis management, and a useless socialist the rest of the time.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 186 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,205 See in context

I think this is the lowest it has been for a week or two. An anomaly perhaps.

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Posted in: Travel campaign suspension details to be unveiled in a few days See in context

A tough one for me. There are only about 20000 active cases in Japan, which is not a large number in the context of the overall population.

Stay vigilant sure, but let's not shut the whole country down.

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Posted in: Hope growing that married couples will be allowed to use different surnames See in context

No issue either way for me, but the Japanese would do well to avoid those awful hyphenated surnames that seem to be all the rage in the West these days.

-5 ( +7 / -12 )

Posted in: When a vaccine that is proven to be effective against COVID-19 becomes available to all, will you take it? See in context

Keen to travel. I imagine other countries may not allow unvaccinated people to visit. So a yes from me.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 157 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 779 See in context

The Hokkaido numbers are starting to look a bit worrying.

Shikoku on the other hand has barely any cases at all.

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Posted in: As Japan moves to revive its countryside, pandemic chases many from cities See in context

Where my wife is from, it is 30 minutes to the mountains and 15 minutes to the beach, and a 15 minute train ride to the centre of the biggest regional city which has enough bars and restaurants to keep most people happy.

Property cheap and the lifestyle good. The only drawback is the limited employment opportunities for me (possibly less so for my wife given her local connections). That said I do most of my work remotely these days anyway.

I made my money in Tokyo, but there's no way I'd ever go back to live there now at my stage of life.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 269 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,024 See in context

Infections in Hokkaido seem to have really spiked in recent times, a bit of a worry.

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Posted in: Race to boost financial hub status intensifies among Japanese cities See in context

The height of optimism I think. The tendency has been for foreign banks and so on to leave Japan rather than come in, with heavy handed and opaque regulation being a big reason. It is difficult to imagine that the FMA have changed their tune on that one.

Having said that the likes of HSBC came in with a retail business model that just was never going to work in Japan.

With low interest rates everywhere, the remaining foreign banks that used to attract a lot of Japanese retail investors to enter foreign currency deposits are probably finding it much harder with next to no interest rate differential. Perhaps some of these banks will exit the Japanese market in due course as business gets harder.

If there are to be new entrants, they are likely to be in the corporate and institutional space I suppose.

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Posted in: Japan to lift entry ban on travelers from 9 countries, regions; exempt returning residents from quarantine See in context

Lifting the entry ban for NZ is a bit meaningless for me. Would still need to quarantine for 14 days on the way back into NZ. And there is no way NZ will lift restrictions on travelers from Japan with 800 or so infections in the country a day.

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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).

-2 ( +2 / -4 )

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