Numbers falling, which is positive. The number of active cases has fallen significantly in the last week or so with recoveries outpacing new infections.
The doom and gloom merchants on JT out in force again it seems.
-15 ( +4 / -19 )
Won't buy in Tokyo but actively looking at a place in the regions for our retirement where we'll be in Japan half the year. Plenty of bargains out there, but specifically looking at a house - not wanting to get captured by out of control management fees for an apartment.
2 ( +2 / -0 )
A hard call for some - Valerie Adams for example in her last Olympics after winning medals in 2008, 2012 and 2016.
Athletes should just harden up and go I reckon. It is the pinnacle of just about every sport.
-8 ( +1 / -9 )
I didn't vote for her as I can see through her lies and incompetence. Great with platitudes and not much else.
How hard is it to keep the virus out of New Zealand when it is miles from everywhere and the borders are shut? People give Ardern way too much credit.
-5 ( +2 / -7 )
Numbers on the way down which is positive I suppose. Bring on the vaccines.
-11 ( +2 / -13 )
There is still a discussion that needs to be had in many countries around the treatment of indigenous people, and Australia is no different.
On another note, I don't completely agree with Margaret Court, but she is entitled to her views, and her achievements as a tennis player are second to none.
6 ( +10 / -4 )
Way too slow. The Labour government's complacency on this point is unforgivable.
-8 ( +1 / -9 )
Nice to see the downward trend continuing.
-2 ( +15 / -17 )
The trend is starting to improve, and in the last two days the number of active cases has actually fallen. Still not idea though.
Bring on the vaccines.
-10 ( +4 / -14 )
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.
-23 ( +7 / -30 )
Double H Hiroshi Hara must have got his inspiration from Triple H.
0 ( +0 / -0 )
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.
-9 ( +3 / -12 )
Japan. Now when can I get my jab?
-2 ( +0 / -2 )
I think this is the lowest it has been for a week or two. An anomaly perhaps.
-14 ( +4 / -18 )
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.
-6 ( +1 / -7 )
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 )
Keen to travel. I imagine other countries may not allow unvaccinated people to visit. So a yes from me.
11 ( +26 / -15 )
The Hokkaido numbers are starting to look a bit worrying.
Shikoku on the other hand has barely any cases at all.
3 ( +6 / -3 )
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.
2 ( +2 / -0 )
Infections in Hokkaido seem to have really spiked in recent times, a bit of a worry.
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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.
12 ( +13 / -1 )
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.
0 ( +1 / -1 )
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.
1 ( +18 / -17 )
About time. Hopefully Daniel Andrews pays a massive price at the next state election.
-6 ( +2 / -8 )
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.
5 ( +5 / -0 )
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.
0 ( +0 / -0 )
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.
-1 ( +0 / -1 )
And for any Chinese that may read this, Taiwan is a country
18 ( +22 / -4 )
Taiwan as an independent and sovereign country can buy whatever it wants. China has no say in the matter.
20 ( +23 / -3 )