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Posted in: Tokyo reports 973 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 3,965 See in context

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.

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Posted in: Tokyo apartment prices rise to near bubble-era high in 2020 See in context

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.

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Posted in: NZOC chief says some athletes may skip Tokyo Olympics: Radio NZ See in context

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.

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Posted in: New Zealand may approve COVID-19 vaccine next week; start general vaccinations mid-year See in context


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.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,026 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 3,853 See in context

Numbers on the way down which is positive I suppose. Bring on the vaccines.

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Posted in: Australia marks national day with protests over 'Invasion Day' See in context

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.

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Posted in: New Zealand may approve COVID-19 vaccine next week; start general vaccinations mid-year See in context

Way too slow. The Labour government's complacency on this point is unforgivable.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,070 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 4,717 See in context

Nice to see the downward trend continuing.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,175 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 5,045 See in context

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.

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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.

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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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