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Posted in: New Zealand's next parliament set to be most diverse ever See in context

AkulaToday  02:28 pm JST

Diversity is fine, but people need to be up to the job as well. When someone like Phil Twyford (the father of a million stuff ups) is ranked number 4 then you know you have problems.

Agreed. The talent pool is extremely shallow at the moment in Labour and it has only been the (O.M.G) One Man Government Chris Hipkins holding the thing together.

Labour hasn't announced any major policies/pledges, because they got extremely burned last time around when they failed to deliver on almost everything. if you don't announce anything, the public has nothing to hold you accountable to.

Three things gave Labour the position it is in. Jacindamania and the blind faith that follows, Covid (and people's aversion to change in times of war and unrest), and that National has been in a fragmentation/rebuilding phase since the departure of John Key.

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Posted in: China's imports, exports surge as global economy reopens See in context

Ping AnOct. 14  12:48 pm JST

China has had crop failures, massive flooding, storms and insect infestations, and swine flu this year and is struggling to meet basic food requirements.

I am living in HK and have many relatives/friends in Mainland China. Yes and there were crop failure, flooding…etc but they are all solved. Be aware of reading Washington Post/BBC/DW, there are a lot of biases on reporting China.

So there is no clean plate campaign going on in China?

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-53761295

So China's wheat imports aren't at the highest level in 5 years?

https://www.forbes.com/sites/salgilbertie/2020/07/28/china-food-crisis-rising-domestic-prices-and-large-import-purchases-send-a-signal/#28504b9c1bcb

So China's pork imports haven't gone up 250% since the same time last year?

https://www.thepigsite.com/news/2020/08/chinas-july-pork-imports-reach-new-record#:~:text=January%20to%20July%20pork%20imports,tonnes%2C%20the%20data%20also%20showed.&text=Read%20more%20about%20this%20story%20here.

So multiple natural disasters haven't befallen China in the last 6 months and severely affected food production?

You could argue biases in opinion pieces. However when many sources are reporting the same facts and figures, it becomes a little hard to claim that Western biases against China are involved here.

Where are your sources, apart from anecdotal news from your relatives?

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Posted in: Japan unveils 3,000-ton new submarine See in context

Thomas Robert MountcastleOct. 14  10:11 pm JST

Why persist in building a submarine with out of date equipment? A lithium battery is still a battery.

This is absolute state of the art tech.

In answer to to a few comments above.

1) Nuclear has its place in regional projection, where range and endurance are critical. The trade off is that nuclear will be larger, and because of it's propulsion system, needs to constantly run cooling pumps. This introduces extra noise into the equation.

2) Japan is interested in local defence, in shallower waters, so a smaller quieter vessel, with Air Independent Propulsion (AIP) and extended LiON storage capacity has greater benefits. The costs are also lower, so you can afford more vessels for the same price.

3) New diesel/electric vessels have made huge advancements in the last three decades, making them highly capable, incredibly stealthy vessels. Stealth is the name of the game. No one should know you are there, or ever have been until things go bump in the night. Submarine launched underwater drones are now making an appearance for intelligence gathering operations.

4) New diesel/electric subs have been shown time and time again to be stealthy enough to defeat modern ASW technology. The Swedish Gotland-class vessels managed to do this by theoretically 'sinking' the USS Ronald Regan in exercises in the Pacific. It impressed the US so much that they leased the vessel and a crew from Sweden for a year in 2004 to practice against. The Gotland-class had now been superseded by the new Blekinge-class.

https://www.militaryaerospace.com/power/article/14183065/submarine-stealthy-superquiet

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Posted in: New Zealand expecting 47,000 crowd for second Wallabies test See in context

If one doesn’t know that Wallabies is a rugby team, that is one entertaining headline.

Ha! Good point! It would be even more entertaining if the Pumas and Springboks were playing as well.

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Posted in: China's imports, exports surge as global economy reopens See in context

How much of this is food imports into China because they can't produce it themselves?

China has had crop failures, massive flooding, storms and insect infestations, and swine flu this year and is struggling to meet basic food requirements.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/china-food-shortage-clean-plate/2020/10/02/578daa0e-0223-11eb-b92e-029676f9ebec_story.html+

They've even started a "Clean Plate Campaign" to try and cut down on foor wastage.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-53761295

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Posted in: Trump says he has recovered from COVID-19; heads to Florida on Monday See in context

Trump surrounds himself with Yes men, and this includes his physicians. Until we see the evidence of a negative test, I don't believe him.

He even dictated his own health report attesting to his own "astonishingly excellent" health status in 2018

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-43970908

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Posted in: Japanese actress Suzu Hirose infected with coronavirus See in context

"We feel sorry to have caused anxiety among relevant workers, costars and fans,"

Only in Japan do people feel the need to apologise for getting sick. It's not like she knew she was unwell and had a joyride in the back of a hermetically sealed vehicle with others.

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Posted in: Father arrested over death of one-month-old daughter in Ibaraki Prefecture See in context

One month. RIP little one.

I feel sorry for the mother as well. Reading between the lines she feels defenceless as well.

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Posted in: Japan's 1st regulations on crossbow owners passed in Hyogo Prefecture See in context

So is this going to be enforced as well as the law requiring ID when buying containers of gasoline and kerosene which was enacted after the Manga Studio arson?

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Posted in: Toyota, Nissan to seek reimbursement from UK if Brexit talks fail: Nikkei See in context

This may be justifiable. If a company sinks billions of dollars/ponds/yen into manufacturing plants and the associated support services that go with it, and the UK government changes the playing field which then severely disadvantages them through no fault of their own. Wouldn't it seem logical that they should negotiate/seek damages for their losses?

If you were to build a house with council consent and plant a nice garden , and the local council ran a bulldozer through the first 3 metres of your property to make the road wider . . . . . you'd be asking for compensation too.

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Posted in: Japan’s healthcare system summed up in photo of hospital bill for father’s heart surgery See in context

About 15 years ago I has a series of CAT scans, MRIs, and X-Rays followed up with multiple IV's and blood work. From memory the bill came in at over 350,000 yen with my portion coming in at about 35,000. I come from a country with free universal healthcare, but often with considerable wait times depending on the procedure. In Japan there was no waiting.

Overall I was very unwell, and quite happy to pay to get speedy and effective help.

Making things free, comes with the side effect of people taking them for granted and not valuing them.

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Posted in: Japan considers making promotion of paternity leave mandatory for companies: Nikkei See in context

Japan is considering making it mandatory for companies to recommend employees take paternity leave, the Nikkei said on Thursday, as the government looks to boost the birthrate by making it easier for families to balance work and child-rearing.

and then this

Under the plan, companies would be obliged to inform their employees that men can take paternity leave if they wish to, the Nikkei said. Managers would confirm in person whether employees want to, it said.

There is a big difference between recommending paternity leave, and a boss tapping the someone on the shoulder and telling them begrudgingly that they are eligible to take it.

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Posted in: Millions of Chinese tourists heading for domestic destinations See in context

China has reported no new locally-transmitted coronavirus infections since Aug. 16

Who believes this?

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Posted in: Kyocera concept car See in context

Is the strategically placed scoop for vacuuming up pedestrians and small animals?

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Posted in: Dress more motherly? Japanese TV talent, single mom Kuran rejects criticism of revealing photos See in context

She can wear what she damn well likes, and to be honest, looks good in the clothes that she has chosen. If she is comfortable in them and they make her look and feel good, that's what matters The fact that she is a mother is irrelevant.

Japan just seems to have an obsession with 'uniforms' whether official or not. People are expected to look a certain way so they can be identified as belonging to a certain group. I.E Salarymen, housewives with aprons at the supermarket, white gloves if you are doing physical work, politicians in work clothes when visiting construction/reconstruction sites etc.

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Posted in: 5-year-old boy in critical condition after being hit by car on crossing; driver arrested See in context

expatToday  11:43 am JST

I)t's not a crime, it's an accident. Maybe you should start a new header.

Definitely a crime. He blew a Red light and has almost killed a kid on what should have been the safety of a pedestrian crossing.

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Posted in: Worried by pandemic, unmarried Japanese couples want legal protection See in context

I doubt the lawmakers will touch this. Doing so would also raise questions about recognising gay marriage or partnerships, and we all know that the majority of Japanese lawmakers still live in the Showa era.

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Posted in: Nasu Kogen Rindo Lake Family Ranch pays tribute to classic anime 'Heidi, Girl of the Alps' See in context

It makes you wonder how many of these oddball domestic themed holiday destinations constructed during the 'bubble' are still in operation.

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Posted in: Nearly 36,000 Japanese firms shut down business due to COVID-19 See in context

With a rapidly aging population, how many were businesses run by elderly owners who were likely to have closed them within the next few years anyway?

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Posted in: Traffic safety campaign See in context

I give up. There are so many things wrong with this poster.

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Posted in: New Zealand ends all pandemic restrictions outside Auckland See in context

So they will have another flareup soon. All that the restrictions do is prolong the problem.

Far less likely for a third time. A number of holes in border procedures have identified and closed. Nothing is impossible though, but with good testing it can be caught early again.

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Posted in: Japan newlyweds can receive up to ¥600,000 to start new life See in context

Will Crown Princess Mako be applying any time soon?

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Posted in: Bookings start for trips to and from Tokyo under Go To subsidy program See in context

I still don;t understand why you would need to go to a travel agent for domestic tourism. What does the travel agent offer apart from clipping the ticket on the way through?

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Posted in: Aum founder's 2nd daughter to receive his remains, Tokyo court rules See in context

Throw them out to sea. Job done. We can then all forget about this deplorable individual.

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Posted in: As sports embraces activism, what should Tokyo Olympics permit? See in context

Rule 50 of the Olympic Charter states, "No kind of demonstration or political, religious or racial propaganda is permitted in any Olympic sites, venues or other areas," although it allows athletes to express opinions in interviews and on social media.

I'm all for people having the right to express themselves on whatever topic they desire, but they need to remember that the Olympics is first and foremost a sporting event. When on the field of play, the spectacle needs to be the sport and the achievement of the athletes.

You can just see some poor athlete struggling for a lifetime to get a Gold, only to have the podium ceremony disrupted and all the attention taken by the athlete in 2nd place unfurling a flag demanding better treatment for pet store kittens.

They can do what they like at their own media briefings etc within the rules that the individual countries permit, but not on the field.

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Posted in: With Abe's exit, South Korea seeks to mend Japan ties See in context

Abe out, Suga in.

Predictions . . . South Korea and Moon Jae-in temporarily mend relations, then the Comfort Women issue gets raised again by South Korea. Rinse repeat.

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Posted in: South Korean sex slave campaigner charged with embezzlement See in context

Activism has become a business, and no where more so than with the Comfort Women issue.

Whenever someone is making a living by running an activist organisation, you can bet the issue will never go away.

Why?

If the issue is finally resolved/settled . . . . .the money dries up.

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Posted in: Ex-Nissan exec Kelly says he will prove his innocence without Ghosn See in context

The Japanese government and Nissan have already made up their mind. They need a scapegoat and unfortunately Kelly will be it.

The prosecution had 84 boxes of documents, and the defense team is still waiting for 90 percent of these materials.

And the games begin. I bet they get them just before the trial with no time to prepare and no extension.

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Posted in: Abe plan for land-attack counterpunch could mark major military shift for Japan See in context

"The main reason for our action is China. We haven't really emphasised that too much, but the security choices we make are because of China,"

Tell it like it is. Japan is only needing to ramp up its defenses because the North Koreans keep lobbing missiles all over the place, and China tries to take anything it wants.

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Posted in: School for Takarazuka Revue trainees abolishes harassment-like rules See in context

The school's motto is "Purity, Honesty, Beauty."

It sounds like there are other areas of the school which need reviewing as well. . . . .

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