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Posted in: Aichi Prefecture to declare its own state of emergency See in context

englisc aspyrgend, around 92% of the work force are working from home. The production and network professionals that remain on site. All adhere to social distancing protection.

I take our business duty of care to our employees as the highest priority. That is above all paramount and bottom line.

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Posted in: Aichi Prefecture to declare its own state of emergency See in context

"Looking at things the past week and watching the situation the rise in patients, the number without any traceable cause - we judged that it was a very dangerous situation and wanted to make preparations," he (Hideaki Omura) told a news conference………

Governor Hideaki Omura will not reveal what his proposals are!!

I suspect this is Governor Hideaki Omura petty politicking in an attempt to embarrass the Government.  

In fact below is the Acichi Prefectural Government Official Site (English)…..

There is no mention of a Coronavirus Pandemic let alone essential protocols, social distancing, to aid the prevention and spread of the Pandemic.    

https://www.pref.aichi.jp/global/en/index.html

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Posted in: Main points of Japan's ¥108 tril emergency package See in context

JeffLee, Thank you for pointing that out, I must admit and say I did not forget, honestly I am not fully aware, I have had to do some research. I need to fully gen up on the US finanical system.

What concerns is if the J Government was to instruct BOJ directly to facilitate the purchasing of bonds to pay off the national debt, direct mutualization of debt, the effect that would have on inflation. This increase in inflation would reduce the value of bonds.

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Posted in: Aichi Prefecture to declare its own state of emergency See in context

Buchailldana,

I can chill out where business necessities are concerned.

I however am struggling in regard to the 70 to 85 dedicated loyal employees whose jobs could be ultimately at risk. The irony is that the function could be moved to Brighton UK. To our sister operation, the UK establishment has designated hardware encryption tech as essential production for banking and services.

These Staff epitomize the workforce the business depends upon to lead in the field we reside.

I will not let them down, sorry, or chill out.

So I have instructed lawyers.

I am sorry you had to close your livelihood.

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Posted in: Aichi Prefecture to declare its own state of emergency See in context

I reside in Ino Kochi, we already have a active community support group. I am not suggesting fines or loud, over bearing rudeness. Just careful considerate helpful communication between in many ways neighbours pointing out the dangers.

It is a valid suggestion

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Posted in: Aichi Prefecture to declare its own state of emergency See in context

That's a ludicrous statement, I am suggesting the people look out for a their own communities.

Not the Police, look at the results of that form of intervention in London or Paris !

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Posted in: Aichi Prefecture to declare its own state of emergency See in context

Shut a business down for a prolonged period of time, it is guaranteed that your customers will take their custom elsewhere offshore if necessary. The Business will close and it employees will ultimate have to bear the brunt.

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Posted in: Aichi Prefecture to declare its own state of emergency See in context

The way to combat this pandemic, if combat is the correct analogy, is to actively enforce/cadjole social distancing with the use of a brigade of volunteers.

Test, test and test again through the use of local community centers, trace the infection to source. Isolate the infected. It is non-sensical to lock down a cities people and economy, as seen in London/UK.

The cost is purported to be £50 billion plus per month with no end in sight and not plan to exit.

By mid-May the UK economy could be damaged beyond repair.  

This fact doesn’t seem to have penetrated Aichi Gov Hideaki Omura logic or thinking in his decision to declare his own state of emergency. He hasn’t presented any plan or proposal as to how business will be able to react/respond.

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Posted in: Aichi Prefecture to declare its own state of emergency See in context

If Aichi Gov Hideaki Omura, requests business close, Gov Hideaki Omura better have a detailed and comprehensive economic, fiscal proposal ready to present to the electorate.

Hideaki Omura, cannot expect the state to bail his policies out. I have a thriving business in Aichi Prefecture, a partial or heaven forbid, total lockdown could have ruinous consequences to our hardware production.

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Posted in: Main points of Japan's ¥108 tril emergency package See in context

Without doubt it is the most venerable in society that desperately needs Government assistance. Supported by a simplified claimant model i.e a same day response.

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Posted in: Main points of Japan's ¥108 tril emergency package See in context

Sorry indigo, money is neither fake. printed, or launched out of a mythical helicopter.

The correct term, for the frankly irritating term, “helicopter money” is direct monetary financing. (Milton Friedman)

A theoretical proposal for either a one-off tax break or a cash handout to citizens or a “permanent” monetisation of a given element or proportion of a fiscal deficit.

This “printing press” supposedly plugged into the wall in PM Shinzō Abe office is probably a a personal beverage dispenser.

Simply, printing more money won’t and never will increase economic output. “Printing more money” only increases the amount of cash circulating in the economy.

The increase to the money supply through the act of printing, that consumers should be able to demand more goods, however there is a fundamental flaw to this logic, business productivity restictions dictates companies still have the same amount of goods, they will respond by putting up prices. Long term Inflation, will also in a crisis of this nature will enhance the risk of stagation.

There is no easy solution, or magic money tree to shake. The Bank of Japan will, or has already started to carry out an operation to buy substantive amount of government bonds to smother the risk of elevated cost to long-term yields, especially in the 10 to 25 year range.

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Posted in: Main points of Japan's ¥108 tril emergency package See in context

The suggestion that Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga implied that “companies which close will receive no government support”, is a misrepresentation…….

The governors held an online meeting and compiled proposals for state compensation for businesses.

But Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, the top spokesman for the central government, said at a press conference it does not plan to introduce such a measure.

Yasutoshi Nishimura, economic and fiscal policy minister who oversees special measures to respond to the epidemic, held a videoconference call with the governors later in the day and asked them to refrain from asking businesses to close over the next two weeks, sources close to the matter said. Kyodo News

In fact, the Governors will, quite rightly be held directly responsible and culpable for the policies they enact in this pandemic.

If Governors insist that business close, the same Governors must present a detailed monetary, fiscal, and ultimately taxation proposal to compensate, To insist the state be accountable, in essence the treasury/exchequer/tax payer be held accountable. Is unacceptable.

The Governor calls it. that same Governor owns it.  Gov. Yuriko Koike, pay attention no more hiding under your desk.

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Posted in: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson moved to intensive care See in context

Indeed zichi, the lockdown has presented my UK families farming and land holding with an ironic dilemma.

Eastern Europeans have been a staple source of semi-skilled pickers from Romania and Bulgaria. However, a proportion have been replaced with UK students who have in fact risen to the occasion, the work is tough and conditions are harsh. Even so transportation has become an issue as truckers quite rightly, who display any sign of infection are placed into self-isolation.

Costs have risen exponentially as demand has shrunk for fresh produce. Frozen is now king. They are just about keeping their heads above water. But time is running out, I have financed a loan guarantee arrangement, and a credit risk facility. However, in reality the business is 8/10 weeks away from becoming untenable.

Without a clear chain of command within Government, and a transparent economic policy agenda, the prospects  for the UK economy appear bleak.

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Posted in: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson moved to intensive care See in context

theResident, clearly Boris Johnson provokes power emotional hostility, some of which is dark political anomosity.

If contributor has taken the time to log in, read, and mark either nay or say, in my humble opinion, thats a positive.

I have to admint that some of my opinions have caused irritation within my own family. Although I have mellowed and try to tone it down with varying degrees of success.

Keep well everybody

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Posted in: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson moved to intensive care See in context

Setting the continuing NHS funding debate aside. The fact remains There is no specific treatment for disease caused by a novel coronavirus that represents a cure., Only a course of action is dependent on the patients condition. Irrespective whether the patients happens to be the PM Boris Johnson, or Boris the Spider.

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Posted in: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson moved to intensive care See in context

It is worth understand how the PHI model fits into NHS funding.

In all honesty how this is relevant in connection to Boris Johnson survival or in fact the outcome of the many thousands in the same predicament is another matter altogether.

How health care is funded...

https://www.kingsfund.org.uk/publications/how-health-care-is-funded

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Posted in: Honor Blackman, who played Bond's Pussy Galore in 'Goldfinger', dies at 94 See in context

"Pussy Galore",,,,,The mind boggles, truly the sixties is a "political correctness" free zone.

I have view all Dads Avengers DVD, the back and whites are my favorites. Condolences to Honor Blackman family.

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Posted in: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson moved to intensive care See in context

Symptoms, not systems, heck I have systems on the brain at the moment.

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Posted in: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson moved to intensive care See in context

Boris Johnson first and formally is an expectant Father.

Carrie Symonds, the soon to be Mother of Boris Johnson unborn child is in recovery from systems related to coronavirus, Ms Symonds must be in a heightened state of anxiety and stress .

If Boris Johnson was to succumb to this pandemic, the child will never experience the joys that a devoted Father brings to the happiness of family life. I adore my Father, even the embarrassing way he sometimes dresses, 1970 it ain't .

Suffice to say, Boris Johnson could well be struggling for his life. I sincerely hope he survives this ordeal.

Politics aside, a genuine heartfelt wish, from one human bring to another.

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Posted in: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson hospitalized with coronavirus See in context

Boris Johnson condition is quite evidently more serious that has previously been reported. I am a little taken aback, even though the stock media images portray a clearly frail and poorly UK premier.

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Posted in: Abe to declare state of emergency for Tokyo, 6 prefectures See in context

Focus on the value of the Yen against a basket of currencies, this will provide a indication of future ecomonic/monetary/fiscal stability.

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Posted in: Abe to declare state of emergency for Tokyo, 6 prefectures See in context

National State of Emergency…..NATIONAL STATE OF EMERGENCY…In capitals….

Cleo, the tone, syntax, the dramatic monologue/interpretation invokes fear and panic.

Human nature will seize on the emotional consequences and act according, irrationally, drive and purchase 4000 toilet rolls.

Not my opinion, but a student of psychology I happened to have a coffee with a few weeks ago in Nagoya.

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Posted in: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson hospitalized with coronavirus See in context

I wish Boris Johnson and expectant partner Carrie Symonds a speedy recovery.

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Posted in: Abe to declare state of emergency for Tokyo, 6 prefectures See in context

Sorry that 200 yen, I go to the back of the class, stand in the corner, and don the pointy dunce hat.

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Posted in: Abe to declare state of emergency for Tokyo, 6 prefectures See in context

I could quite rightly be accused, my comments infer that for the sake of the J economy, a quantifiable model needs to establish an economic cost of saving lives.

Basically, a cost to/of life.

Subconsciously, a substantial number of venerable consumers have established this very scenario.

The meaning that quantifies the benefit of avoiding a fatality, as 100 yen.......

Every Friday our local Sunshine Supermarket, Kochi, has “coupon” day, ten items 20-yen discount. Sunshine even provide stickers.

Some two/three weeks back, I jumped in the car, stickers in paw and headed off.

On arrival, the store was packed and the checkout queues stretching back accordingly. I noticed that many of the customer were elderly pensioners. You would be lucky to get a cigarette paper between them.

Social distancing? when 100 yen is at stake, bring it on.

I felt such a foolish prat, because I should have known better.

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Posted in: Gov't to earmark ¥1 tril for reserve fund to fight coronavirus See in context

1 trillion yen ($9.2 billion), a paltry number, will barely “scratch the surface” on shoring up the damage a lockdown will inflict on J economy.

The UK Treasury had to sell £45 billion guilts last month alone.   

For sale: £45 billion of gilts……

https://www.ifs.org.uk/publications/14782

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Posted in: Abe to declare state of emergency for Tokyo, 6 prefectures See in context

The economic, fiscal, and human costs of “lockdown”, for the UK without a clear strategy for an escape route are detailed below. Remember this, the people of Japan are ultimately responsible for the existing gargantuan debt liability.  The J economy is dependent on consumer spending. Isolation breeds panic.  

Centre for Economics and Business Research……

UK GDP expected to contract by 15% in Q2 as consumers under lockdown rein in spending…..

https://cebr.com/reports/uk-gdp-expected-to-contract-by-15-in-q2-as-consumers-under-lockdown-rein-in-spending/

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Posted in: Koike says Tokyo has secured 1,000 beds for virus patients See in context

Isn’t the function of securing beds for coronavirus patients  part and parcel simplifying the role of Tokyo Governor, a position correctly if I am wrong that Yuriko Koike occupies.

So please forgive my sarcasm/cynicism, show a big round of applause, and pat on the back for Tokyo Gov Yuriko Koike, when emerging from hibernation to actually perform the function Yuriko Koike is elected to do.

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Posted in: Tokyo confirms 143 new coronavirus infections Sunday See in context

There has to be smartly, a legion of volunteers to guide the world’s most densely populated Cities, Tokyo, Osaka, Kobe, Nagoya etc  

To assist, and if necessary, politely but firmly, guide the populous to safety.   

There is one overriding aspect of cultural Japan, this pandemic cannot infect, the solidarity of community, and is the means this nation needs to grasp, to overcome the struggle ahead.

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Posted in: Abe cautious about declaring emergency despite spike in virus cases See in context

I noticed today on my weekly shop, that customer's are not actively washing there hand when there are hand dispensers provided. Also refraining from observing social distance. This behavior should, must become second nature.

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