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Posted in: China expects Japan's next PM to be conciliatory amid U.S. tensions See in context

As an American working in China, on my way back to Japan where I lived for a decade, I really hope that cooler heads on all sides will prevail. However, if the headline is accurate, then China's arrogance is on full display. Japan does not need to bow to China. This is the same country and government that in 2012 openly endorsed nationwide protesting and rioting against Japanese businesses. My company at that time had a ban on Japanese travel to China for safety reasons and I had to visit suppliers for my coworkers and remember flying from Haneda to Shanghai on a 777 with only 3 other passengers.

Just yesterday the Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian said sports and politics should be separated, in response to calls to rescind the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics. If sports and politics should be separated then why hold the NBA hostage over one individual's personal opinion? The direction of wind in China changes very quickly.

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Posted in: Koike says postponed Olympics should be held 'by all means' See in context

I'd say everything should be postponed until 2024

Postpone them or cancel 2020 games outright and move on directly to Paris?

Testing figures in Tokyo are abysmal. We are testing more than 1 million people here in Hong Kong this week. I just got tested and saw at least several hundred others come and go in a span of 15 minutes at my neighborhood testing center.

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Posted in: Despite being written off by skeptics as an economic wasteland for the past three decades, Japan has often managed to scrape by, and has even enjoyed periods of sustained growth. The Covid-19 pandemic will test whether the country really has nine lives. See in context


Completely agree that the Japan housing market is cheap. You can buy a brand new 4LDK in suburban Tokyo for the cost of the deposit of 30+ year old cramped housing estate in Hong Kong. Not to mention the favorable loan conditions.

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Posted in: Japan to ease COVID-19 entry curbs on foreigners with resident visas: NHK See in context

I am a former 10 year plus resident of Japan, now living in Hong Kong, but currently processing my visa paperwork to move back. Admittedly I should be last in line to enter Japan, but it is welcoming news that restrictions are finally starting to be eased. My company asked me several times to relocate to Tokyo HQ, and at first I was hesitant to go back to Japan, but with the escalations in Hong Kong and a relocation package on the table, the writing is on the wall for me to return. With the handling of COVID-19, I can understand why many long-term residents are considering leaving. I made that same decision to leave Japan several years ago but now find myself circling back.

Several people have asked about whether or not returning Japanese nationals are required to quarantine at designated hotels. I know two Japanese nationals who have returned in the last few weeks and this is their experience. No health certificate is needed pre-departure, and upon arrival they must take a simple swab test (not the invasive one up the nose...not looking forward...). After a few hours the results were released and they could then travel on freely. Technically they are advised to self-quarantine at home, but this is not compulsory. One of my friends did say he received a phone call from the authorities calling to check-in, and they left a message along the lines of try to limit time spent outside. Foreigners, however, must present a health certificate issued within the last 3 days prior to boarding, take a PCR test upon arrival, and then quarantine at government designated facility. NHK reported that they both Japanese and foreigners are being processed the same but clearly that is not the case.

Anyways, the situation is what it is. I do hope that those stuck outside ultimately get some kind of tax break or something to offset the loses. That being said, Japan is a great country with plenty of other redeeming qualities. It's a once in a lifetime pandemic that hopefully never happens again.

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