AustPaul comments

Posted in: Australia targets Myanmar, Iran with economic sanctions See in context


Steady on, we’re a sovereign country and I think we are old enough to impose our own sanctions and at our own discretion.

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Posted in: Australia to spend A$1 billion on new naval missiles, rocket system See in context

It’s ‘Australian Defence Force’ (ADF) but anyway good to see we are getting some better gear.

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Posted in: High school boy killed, man injured by train at station in Saitama Prefecture See in context

RIP to the young man and I hope the bystander gets the support he needs.

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Posted in: High school boy killed, man injured by train at station in Saitama Prefecture See in context

Judging by the downvotes I guess I mistakenly assumed he took his life…

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Posted in: High school boy killed, man injured by train at station in Saitama Prefecture See in context

Very sad indeed, the man who tried to help will carry that experience for the rest of his life.

Japan Today, when reporting such stories would it not be a good idea to include some footnotes or references to counselling services?

Moderator: We do when we are sure that it was a suicide.

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Posted in: Melbourne soccer match abandoned after goalkeeper attacked See in context


This sort of thing (flares etc) seems to be common at soccer games and I think the fans are more fanatic than those of other sports like AFL, Cricket and Basketball.

To some it’s like a religion but really it’s just a “game”…

Clubs and players should step up more and warn fans of consequences of their behaviour.

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Posted in: China sends ships into Pacific near southern Japan See in context

Interesting that China sails through these areas. which are international waters but doesn’t like it when others sail through the Taiwan Strait, also international waters

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Posted in: China sends ships into Pacific near southern Japan See in context

A ‘squadron’? Does that not refer to aircraft? Do three ships make up a squadron??

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Posted in: Djokovic to get visa for 2023 Australian Open: reports See in context


I don’t live in Melbourne and I doubt the world thinks we are a laughing stock, we didn’t see large numbers of deaths in the beginning like many other countries, maybe it was the right thing to do at THAT time. I believe that, I was involved in the front line, what did you do?

You make those comments with the benefit of hindsight.

At the end of the day, he had his day in court and was deported pure and simple. And his behaviour I would not say is commensurate with bring a world champion, although he ultimately respected the final decision.

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Posted in: Djokovic to get visa for 2023 Australian Open: reports See in context

Doesn’t really matter that the Covid situation has changed since he first came here, he was barred from reentering the country for 3 years. Should stay that way.

We don’t like others who think they’re above the rest.

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Posted in: Painful anniversary brings more torment to N Korea abductee's mother See in context

Very sad, nothing more painful than the loss of a child I’m sure. Equally frustrating for this family over the years.

@elephant200, that’s quite an insensitive comment.

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Posted in: Japan, Australia to boost defense cooperation amid China's rise See in context

@Hakman, the only time we’d wear masks down here would be in a hospital or aged care facility, other than that life has been back to normal here for a while.

@Jim, in what way are we offending our major trading partner? You do realise China has imposed these taxes amongst other things as ‘punishment’ for Australia’s call for an inquiry into Covid? China has not been fair which is why this was taken to the WTO.

Our ‘Cheap, tasteless’ wine and beef is quite popular worldwide thank you very much!

We value our relationship with Japan, at least it’s one of mutual respect.

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Posted in: China steps up anti-COVID measures in megacities as infections mount See in context

I live in what was the most locked down state of Australia (WA) but we couldn’t stop it once our state borders opened to the rest of the country and then the world.

Zero covid sounds like an impossibility.

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Posted in: Mourners mark 20th anniversary of Bali bombings See in context

Very sad for a lot of families here and overseas. Let’s hope something like this doesn’t happen again.

RIP to those lost.

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Posted in: Djokovic eager to play at Australian Open: tournament chief See in context

Meh, he can stay away for all I care.

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Posted in: Israeli charged with smuggling drugs into Japan dies in detention center See in context

It’s still a death in custody and needs to be properly investigated. The detention centre, just like a prison has a duty of care towards those in their charge.

“Tenenboim had complained of poor health immediately following the arrest, but his applications to prefectural police and the detention center for medical assistance from March 2021 were not approved.”

if the man asked for medical assistance why was this not provided? Is it something one has to ‘earn’???

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Posted in: Kishida to visit Perth in Australia, with eye on energy imports See in context

Coming to my city…rare for a foreign leader!

@prionking, Albo won’t be the only one on the plane…would you prefer he organised a Teams meeting instead?

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Posted in: N Korea fires ballistic missile over Japan; some trains suspended See in context


He can test his missiles in his own backyard as far as I’m concerned. Lobbing them over Japan is a bit risky don’t you think? That’s how conflicts could start…

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Posted in: Ground Self-Defense Force issues rare apology over sexual harassment case See in context

This apology is a good first step, wish her all the best.

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Posted in: Japanese convenience store will now ask customers who ask for a fork to use chopsticks instead See in context

Or with wooden forks?

They’re available here from take away shops, knife/fork/spoon..

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Posted in: Former pro baseball pitcher Murata released after assaulting security inspector at Haneda airport See in context

“However, the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department’s airport division said it will continue investigating the alleged assault with Murata’s consent”

Why do they need the consent of the offender to investigate his actions? I’m absolutely stumped!

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Posted in: Tokyo tightens security for Abe's funeral See in context


Was it explained why you were being searched? Were any others subjected to a search too?

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Posted in: Gov't ordered to pay ¥1.65 mil over death of Cameroon man in detention center See in context


Fair enough, my error. Mistakenly thought it was upon entry but noticed he had arrived a month earlier.

We will never know his reasons, if any, for not voluntarily returning to Cameroon, however the fact still remains he died whilst in the care of the state. Whether it’s prison, immigration detention or whatever, there is a duty of care required and in this instance like the Wishma matter I feel the state has failed in this duty.

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Posted in: Gov't ordered to pay ¥1.65 mil over death of Cameroon man in detention center See in context

@Mio, I find your comments grossly insensitive and most likely based on limited information.

The Cameroonian man was detained upon entry not whilst he was already here.

The underlying point in these matters is once someone is in the custody of the state then the state is ultimately responsible for their well-being.


Doesn’t matter their history/background etc.

Ask yourself this, would you be satisfied with such treatment if this was your friend/relative?

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Posted in: Gov't ordered to pay ¥1.65 mil over death of Cameroon man in detention center See in context

If this happened in Australia it is called a death in custody, resulting in a coronial enquiry where ultimately court ordered findings/changes will be made and possibly charges laid.

After Wishma I’d hope there are some concrete changes made to Japanese immigration detention facilities. This sort of thing should not happen again

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Posted in: Gov't to forgo resubmitting immigration bill See in context

So what will happen to the Ukrainians this time next year?

Perhaps time to revise the laws?

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Posted in: Kyrgios fined $14,000 for U.S. Open racket meltdown See in context

Good, he’s a dropkick.

I wish sports stars would show more sportsmanship qualities these days…

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Posted in: Japanese language school decertified over abuse of Vietnamese student See in context

The way this article is written makes it sound like a civil issue when in fact it sounds criminal. Forcible confinement, deprivation of liberty comes to mind.

Has a criminal complaint been made???

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Posted in: Japan to penalize hospitals not accepting infectious disease patients See in context

I thought Japan has world class health care, I’m surprised that hospitals would turn coronavirus patients away. It would never happen down here. Our public hospital system may not be perfect but it doesn’t discriminate.

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Posted in: WHO director in Asia accused of racism, abuse indefinitely put on leave See in context

Not a fan of the WHO in light of their initial handling of the pandemic, however good he has been stood down.

I mean seriously, the man works for the ‘United Nations’ so he should be mindful of how he deals with other cultures/races. Was there no such code of conduct or the like?

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