AustPaul comments

Posted in: Australian unemployment rate to double as virus hammers economy See in context

Thanks for your concern concerned citizen..

As my name suggests I reside in Australia and I can tell you that whilst the measures we are taking are extreme and have lead to a lot of unemployment, most of the country understands that by taking quick and decisive action at the start has helped us.

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Posted in: Convenience stores use plastic sheets for social distancing See in context

Supermarkets and pharmacies here in Australia installed perspex barriers at the checkouts a few weeks back which I think the staff are now thankful for.

@Tora, cash is not banned but shops prefer you use eftpos (tap your debit card) to pay. The only thing I touch at self serve checkout is the screen once or twice but staff wipe that down regularly and most people now carry their own sanitiser/gloves.

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Posted in: The desperate lengths that chikan perverts will go to See in context

Ok realistic, what do you suggest?

My point was there needed to be a hard hitting message, aggressive education campaign if you will. Even better from the top down!

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Posted in: The desperate lengths that chikan perverts will go to See in context

What I noticed when living in Japan years ago was not enough public service announcements, radio, TV, newspaper etc.

There needs to be a hard hitting message, ideally delivered by a prominent figure whether politician/actor/athlete/media presenter etc to get the message out.

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Posted in: Japanese police investigated 11,000 foreigners in 2019: NPA See in context

‘Nationals’ even!

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Posted in: Japanese police investigated 11,000 foreigners in 2019: NPA See in context

Hey peeping Tom, have a guess. I’m pretty sure we don’t just come out with a headline like that here.

My point really was why was this reported? It doesn’t paint a good picture of foreigners does it? At least include Japanese matins is in the mix.

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Posted in: Japanese police investigated 11,000 foreigners in 2019: NPA See in context

Why is this making the news? We don’t report on stats of foreigners committing crimes elsewhere do we? At least include stats of local offenders as well to provide context.


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Posted in: Warnings fail to stop Japanese crowds from viewing cherry blossoms See in context

Wow, is all I can say.

This is exactly what our Government is telling us not to do. As of 12 o’clock today all pubs, cafes, restaurants have closed in Australia and only takeaway service is available. That as well as entry ban to foreigners and state border closures would be the most extreme action this country has ever taken.

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Posted in: Sydney's Bondi beach closed after crowds defy social distancing orders See in context


Do you live here? What do you suggest the government does to stop community transmission?

We were a bit slow off the mark at the beginning of this virus, now’s the time to get serious about it. If social distancing is required because people don’t have the self discipline to do the righty then so be it.

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Posted in: 'Where's Abe?' critics ask, as coronavirus spreads in Japan See in context

On our news we have the Federal Health Minister as well as the country’s Chief Medical Officer (professor with medical background) giving the press conferences.

Does Japan have the equivalent of a CMO and if so, where are they in all this? Need experts at the forefront not pollies! All three should be providing updates regularly

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Posted in: 4th person from quarantined cruise ship dies See in context

It’s sad that another person has lost their life from the ship. I hope they keep a close watch on the Japanese passengers who disembarked without additional quarantine.

On another note it looks like a worldwide tender has gone out to clean the ship,

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Posted in: Australian university offers Chinese students $1,000 to return via third country See in context

Unfortunately it’s all about money for some universities now. As a country we are too reliant on China and have put all our eggs in one basket..

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Posted in: 2-year-old boy survives fall from 7th floor apartment See in context

That’s one lucky kid, parents should now go out and buy a lotto ticket and thank their lucky stars.

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Posted in: Man on train pushes emergency button after passenger without mask coughs See in context

What a clown.

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Posted in: Hundreds leave quarantined cruise ship in Yokohama as coronavirus concerns grow See in context

We now have our first case here in Western Australia, one if two who tested negative prior to leaving the Diamond a Princess and flying back to Australia but since confirmed to have the virus. Bit of a worry that all the Japanese passengers were just allowed to disembark and get in with their lives. Was there no direction to self quarantine?

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Posted in: After 'Hustlers' and turning 50, Jennifer Lopez takes on Super Bowl See in context

Looking good for 50!

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Posted in: Sawajiri pleads guilty to illegal drug possession, says she won't return as actress See in context

Relatively small amounts which I thought wouldn’t warrant such a long prison term.

She has been charged with possession, at her home, just wondering how all that came about? Was it a drug search warrant?

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Posted in: Estranged Australian husband freed after trespassing to find his children See in context

What is the definition of trespass in Japan? If he accessed a common area and was likely to commit an offence or refused to leave after being told to by a resident/Police etc I can understand.

Destroy evidence???

I really hope Japan reviews their custody laws, not fair on the kids most of all.

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Posted in: Ghosn's Japan lawyer: Questioning averaged 7 hours a day See in context

That’s a lot of transcription!

Perhaps this might bring about some positive changes in the system such as video recording of interviews and having a lawyer present if the suspect so desires?

It would go a long way.

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Posted in: 24-hour video on fugitive Ghosn checked only once a month See in context


Agree totally, why is Nissan taking on the role of law enforcement?

If they were that worried about him on bail why didn’t they request perhaps reporting to his local police station daily? (That’s what happens here though maybe not under the Japanese system..)

Interesting to see how this pans out next week.

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Posted in: On screen, Asian-Americans rarely get into Christmas spirit See in context

All for diversity everywhere - but it should not be forced.

Out of interest, are there many actors of Asian background in the US? If so, great, if not, why not?

I’d go so far to say that perhaps there are certain fields that not many people of Asian background go into?

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Posted in: Footage of Kurdish man's detainment submitted to Tokyo court See in context

"It's no longer an acceptable form of restraint under the immigration center's regulations, but an organized form of torture," 

So the restraint techniques were against regulations?

@Oldman, we don’t have the background to why he was restrained.

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Posted in: Some people prefer to say holiday tree instead of Christmas tree. What's your view on this? See in context

Likewise, never heard of ‘holiday tree’ either..although I heard some places say ‘happy holidays’ instead of Merry Xmas...(sigh) used to be so simpler and happier when I was a kid!

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Posted in: Man arrested for stealing 3,000 onion seedlings See in context

Slow news day?

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Posted in: Lost in translation: Swimmer Sun Yang's doping case hits interpretation snag See in context

I can’t understand why CAS said they couldn’t hire their own translators for reasons of ‘independence and neutrality’??? Are they not the trier of fact here?

Gee, so much stuffing around!

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Posted in: Man says he will admit guilt in court over 2016 killings of disabled people See in context

Ok, good that he will put his hand up to it. But I’m surprised that for someone who has been in custody since his arrest he has already given so many interviews to media?

He himself sounds like he has mental health issues and I would have expected his defence to raise that in court and not allow him to speak to media.

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Posted in: New Zealand launches criminal investigation into deadly volcanic eruption See in context

This is what the police and other agencies would be doing at the direction of the coroner (court magistrate)

The coroner will then release their findings at the conclusion of the investigation.

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Posted in: New Zealand launches criminal investigation into deadly volcanic eruption See in context

Hi all, when the article mentions ‘criminal investigation’ I’d assume in NZ (like Australia) there would be what we call a coronial inquiry (investigation) where there is loss of life in a disaster like this.

It would involve different agencies I am sure and could lead to legislation change or even prosecution of individuals.

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Posted in: Police step up campaign against drunk driving for party season See in context

@stormcrow, was that then a Japanese ‘random breath test’?

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Posted in: Australia launches anti-espionage task force amid China spy concerns See in context

Good! This comes off the back of a 60 Minutes story the other week, I fear we might just be scratching the surface.

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