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Posted in: Puzzling New Zealand coronavirus outbreak grows to 17 cases See in context

A lot of debate about the lockdown and the damage it does to the economy. IMO the damage will be much greater in the long term if NZ don't lockdown now. The sooner they get rid of it and are able to get businesses running at 100% again the better. We haven't seen the mass bankruptcies yet, but if many businesses like restaurants etc, continue operating on less than half capacity like they are in Japan, many will fail. Business failures cascade. Then it will cost the government considerably more.

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Posted in: Hong Kong activist Agnes Chow thanks Japanese for support See in context

Yes. She should be thankful and very proud of herself. Very brave IMO. With international public support and being in the spotlight she has so far avoided the fate being whisked away into China where the less fortunate sometimes do a disappearing act. Let's hope the title Goddess of Democracy will protect her.

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Posted in: Hong Kong media mogul Jimmy Lai arrested under security law See in context

This is the final chapter of the independence of HK as it was known. I'm sure the communists will inevitably follow up with further arrests, most of which will go unreported. Here comes the new cold war. And instead of being watched on your tv in your living rooms, it will be online and interactive. Am I wrong Ping An? But, I don't want you to misinterpret. Quite the opposite. I have made handsome capital gains because of the likes of you. Keep it up.

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Posted in: Aso warns against rapid rise in the yen See in context

It's not really the case of the Yen getting stronger. The US dollar is falling against many currencies, including China. For Japanese companies who compete with Chinese / Korean makers it won't really make a big difference. However, if Japan and other countries jump on the devaluation bandwagon, they will get that short-term competitive advantage. That's what I think Aso is watching closely.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 260 new coronavirus cases See in context

I don't think the daily figure means a great deal, especially on a weekend or holiday. Perhaps Abe or Koike could show us how effective they are as leaders by urging the number lower when they go back to work next week.

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Posted in: Japan to grant re-entry 'gradually' to foreign residents stuck abroad See in context

Gradually? Very strange reasoning without justification. My guess is they just don't want those foreigners back in until the labor market picks up, which it probably won't given the deteriorating situation.

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Posted in: AKB48 member tests positive for coronavirus See in context

No. Much much worse. A new song AND a television appearance of the tearful member apologizing for causing concern and inconvenience to fans played repeatedly on news and variety shows. It's standard here.

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Posted in: New Zealand mosque gunman to represent himself at sentencing See in context

He'll have to spend the rest of his life in solitary confinement. Wouldn't last ten minutes outside his cell in a prison in NZ.

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Posted in: Okinawa governor wants tougher action after 61 U.S. Marines infected with coronavirus See in context

Wow. Zero to sixty one overnight. They must have known for quite some time numbers were increasing and now they've decided they can't keep it a secret an longer. And, at the same they knew numbers were increasing, they were letting people go off base unrestricted to party downtown and visit beaches. If I were Okinawan, I'd be furious. Beyond belief. What a bunch of ...

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Posted in: Gov't urges Tokyo host, hostess clubs to act to stem coronavirus spikes See in context

Spot on rainyday. The cost of shutting down and compensating those businesses will be much lower than the cost of a major outbreak, which is what is starting now in Tokyo. I wonder if the rapid increase in numbers in Tokyo is due to the new strain of Covid-19, which is reported as being three to six times more infectious. If it is, and the Tokyo / J-govt doesn't act decisively in the next month, it will be too late.

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Posted in: 'Do your part': WWII film 'Greyhound' teaches virus lesson, says Hanks See in context

Seems odd to me why they don't just hold onto it and wait till they can put it in theaters. Might be a while a way but surely they'd make more money that way. Maybe Netlix offered a lot for it. Who knows. Anyway, if you've got a big enough tv and can stream 4K it's not that bad.

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Posted in: Australia looking to slow down return of citizens as virus cases surge in Victoria state See in context

The correct approach. Go hard and fast. Good on them. Lock down if necessary. Get on top of it and they'll have real results in weeks. Do what they did in NZ, and aim to wipeout the virus. Wish they would show some resolve in Tokyo, but sadly no. In the meanwhile, in the USA...

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Posted in: Japan's household spending drops at record pace as virus hits economy See in context

A one-off 100,00 yen will not, on average, come close to the loss of annual income. And it sounds like some people here haven't even got that yet. So it should be no surprise spending is dropping. Abe and co need to focus on consumers and not on business confidence.

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Posted in: Koike, Abe say they'll cooperate on virus, Olympics See in context

Abe Shinzo: How low will you bow?

Koike Yuriko: Only a little less than you - for now.

Abe Shinzo (notice clenched fists). Well then, I'm hardly going to bow.

Koike Yuriko: So be it.

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Posted in: Beauden Barrett to play in Japan; remain with All Blacks See in context

Getting to that age where it is time to cash in. Wonder if he knows about the surge in numbers. He might have second thoughts.

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Posted in: Anges starts Japan's 1st COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial on humans See in context

It's positive news but I think they need to take drastic action to speed things up. If a vaccine only becomes widely available by the fall of next year, it might be a bit late for many people. Worldwide, numbers are roughly doubling every month, and will probably be in the hundreds of millions by next year.

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Posted in: Rolling Stones warn Trump of legal action over song use See in context

you can't always get what you want

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Posted in: Top METI official takes flak for business trip parties in Texas in 2017 See in context

Nothing to be alarmed about. Nothing unusual here. Nothing wrong with spending 2.5 million yen over four nights to hold parties in a foreign country. All normal business practice according to Abe and cronies.

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Posted in: JAL to raise ¥500 bil to secure financial base See in context

UFJ. Quick, money please. Pay you back later - or maybe not. Probably not. Maybe never. I'm so relieved JAL's executives won't have to worry about their generous summer bonuses.

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Posted in: New Zealand military to oversee borders after virus bungle See in context

I heard it was pretty lax and even saw a video of a group going out of the hotel for a walk near Queen St (main shopping street). What a farce! They weren't restricted to their rooms so anyone at the hotel they stayed at could have it. 320 contacts so far. Hope none of them went to the rugby on the weekend. Not safe in NZ anymore. What idiots. Heads should roll.

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Posted in: Mitsubishi Aircraft to focus on SpaceJet certification work this year See in context

I have to wonder why they just don't quit. Terrible business to be in. Mitsubishi must be bleeding money on this. Are they getting govt support to keep some kind of aircraft industry alive just in case they need to build warplanes in the future? Just doesn't make sense.

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Posted in: New Zealand confirms two new cases of coronavirus See in context

Hopefully they will keep it to two. Sounds like they were only in contact with one other person, so fingers crossed. Doesn't sound like they went to the rugby. Phew. It does shows how easily the virus can get in through people who are asympotomatic or test negative, and the need to remain vigilant.

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Posted in: N Korea blows up inter-Korea liaison office, raising tensions See in context

Sounds a bit like Kim's sister is making her power move. Internal political struggle? The whole thing with her brother disappearing for a few weeks and now this. Of course, all just speculation as per normal with NK.

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Posted in: Quantum 'fifth state of matter' observed in space for first time See in context

Yes gokai_wo_maneku - and lets hope for humanity's sake nobody works out how to make a bomb out of all this new kind of stuff too.

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Posted in: ¥10 trillion reserve to combat pandemic branded Abe's 'pocket money' See in context

If pocket money means slush fund used for dubious spending to prop up aging LDP cronies, then I guess it's appropriate.

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Posted in: Lower house passes 2nd extra budget for virus package, totaling ¥31.91 tril See in context

Look over there Aso-chan. That's where we're gonna stash it for our you-know-what.

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Posted in: Gov't to launch probe into murky virus relief deal linked to Dentsu See in context

"no possibility" that improper gains were being made.

I laughed when I read that. Of we believe you.

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Posted in: New Zealand says coronavirus eliminated and life can resume without restrictions See in context

Great news. Especially given winter is the worst season for the spread of things like the flu. I'm sure if they hadn't locked down like they did it would've spread as fast as it has in US. Saved a lot of lives. Wish I could travel there now.

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Posted in: Tokyo shares rise for 5th straight day on global recovery hopes See in context

Agreed. When the enough people decide to cash in their gains we'll no doubt see another drop like we had in March.

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Posted in: All Blacks great Carter makes surprise NZ return with Blues See in context

Yeah. Bit of a tough one where to put him. My guess is he probably won't play that much anyway. Probably no.10 for around 30 minutes with Barrett back to 15. Could be wrong though. He was playing pretty well in Japan but at 38? However, given Barrett is a bit erratic with the boot maybe they really will need him on the pitch. We'll see soon enough. I'm just glad they'll be something to watch.

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