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Posted in: Has Japan dodged the coronavirus bullet? See in context

Maybe more luck than judgement, however the idiom counting one's chickens (before they hatch) could turn the whole bullet dodging theory sour.

The Japanese culture of quote, mask-wearing, removing shoes, bowing not shaking hands, low obesity levels and even consuming certain foods rings true.

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Posted in: Governors seek travel curbs even if virus emergency lifted for some prefectures See in context

What’s crucial/important is adhering to strict social distancing etiquette/behaviors.

I do not see a reason if essential business travel is warranted to cross-prefecture boundaries as long as precautions are strictly enforced.

I have to carry out and sign off essential on-site health and safety auditing for production staff remaining onsite at out Nagoya facility. This is a legal statutory requirement that cannot be delegated.

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Posted in: Japan tax revenue falls most since last June See in context

Ok I have a photo copier, it’s a relic from the past but useful. I take a 10000-yen bill and copy it. What do you believe to be the value of the original 10000-yen bill?

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Posted in: Japan gov't debt hit record ¥1,114 tril at end of FY2019 See in context

Marcellto, the believed catastrophic damage inflicted by this pandemic could well have significantly altered the dynamics of levels Japan debt.

So bringing the date forward when tax revenues will be unable to cover debt interest payments

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Posted in: Trump asking Supreme Court to bar demands for taxes, bank records See in context

Everyone that hold a position in high public office, must accept an appropriate level of scrutiny, in their past and present business dealings, this equates to their annual statement of income and personal circumstances.

This includes President Trump, no if or buts.

We all have to comply in varying degrees to these rules, there shouldn’t be any exceptions.

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Posted in: Japan gov't debt hit record ¥1,114 tril at end of FY2019 See in context

Japans eye watering levels of debt signifies that there is doubt the country will or can ever repay the entire amount.

To fully comprehend the intricacy/seriousness, this level of debt predicament presents, is to understand the nature and accounting strategy J government deploys that pays for social commitments/ public services annually.

Simply put Japan, as all advanced economies fund public services, levying tax on its peoples/businesses

So, If the total tax revenue exceeds public services costs, this amount is a fund surplus.

It follows then that if the total amount of tax falls short of Japans spending requirements, then this a fund deficit.

J government must cover this loss by borrowing.

To cover this deficit, J government issue bonds, selling them to “investors” along with paying interest.

However, in essence J Government/BOJ have been stealthy monetizing their own debts.

This ensures the interest payments have little value.

However, J government has, year on year been borrowing ever increasing amounts, the risk of default has increased and the entire nation will be held liable for the outcome/fallout

Based on this trend, it is possible to quantify when J government will not have enough tax revenue to cover interest payments……………Bang! economically/fiscally, out go the lights.

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Posted in: Obama calls Trump's handling of pandemic a 'chaotic disaster' See in context

Hi kaksak, my comment was not a personal critique/smear aimed at former President Barack Obama, as much as a support or endorsement of President Trumps management/handling of the pandemic.

What did surprise me is Barack Obama lack of clarity in offering up any alternative course of action.

I am genuinely interested the Obama alternative strategy.

There has been allot of focus on leadership and how the qualities of leadership, and experience in office, translates into how crisis management adopts expert advice.......

Heck kaksak, I have skin thinner than a rhino’s backside.

I have some 9/10 years’ experience in running/ building my own business. I have bumped heads with a number of bertie bassett alsorts.

So, if a JT commentator has taken the time to logged in, to register a down vote, it is as much a compliment as an up vote. After all mine is just another humble opinion amongst this diverse and creative English portal.

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Posted in: Obama calls Trump's handling of pandemic a 'chaotic disaster' See in context

So simple to besmirch, scorn, and denounce condemn an absolute chaotic disaster.

Even with the benefit of hindsight former President Barack Obama neglected to offer even an insight as to how he would have managed this unprecedented pandemic differently. Sorry.   

"What we're fighting against is these long-term trends in which being selfish, being tribal, being divided, and seeing others as an enemy -- that has become a stronger impulse in American life," Obama told his former staffers.

"It's part of the reason why the response to this global crisis has been so anemic and spotty," Obama said.

"It would have been bad even with the best of governments. It has been an absolute chaotic disaster when that mindset -- of 'what's in it for me' and 'to heck with everybody else' -- when that mindset is operationalized in our government,"

Find fault for the sake off picking holes, is not solution at all, it could be taken as petty politicking.

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Posted in: Ex-comfort woman in S Korea criticizes protest rallies against Japan See in context

The Korean Council for Justice and Remembrance for the Issues of Military Sexual Slavery by Japan is undoubtably a political organisation dedicated to peruse a poisonous form of hate filled activism focused not only against the present Government, however framed to tar and feather the people of japan.

These frail old pensioners, shamefully wheeled out, are a means to cynically weaponize Yoon Mi Hyang, former head of the group toxic political agenda. In doing so ultimately, faning the flames of loathing/revulsion/hated, to then be passed to future generations. It is a despicable form of politically motivated resentment and bitterness.

Not only is there evidence of ‘misappropriation’ of funds

The Korean Council for Justice and Remembrance for the Issues of Military Sexual Slavery by Japan, has also been accused of opaque auditing methodology into the sources of donations.   

‘Comfort women’ advocacy group denies ‘misappropriation’ claims by victim

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20200508000703

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Posted in: China says it backs WHO in tracing COVID-19; denounces U.S. 'lies' See in context

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying, addressing reporters in Beijing on Thursday, said China supported WHO efforts to investigate the origin of the pandemic.

"We are always open to cooperate with the WHO on matters, including on the question of origin," she said. But she repeated a timeline of signals from France, Sweden and the United States itself that the virus may not have emerged in China.

"While scientists have not come to a conclusion, why is Secretary Pompeo drawing the hasty conclusion that the virus came from a Wuhan lab? Where is his proof? Show us the proof. If he cannot show any evidence, then he may still be in the process of making up this evidence."

The statement and tone within the above paragraphs, clearly indicates the reason/logic underlining the necessity for an independent investigation.

Also, most importantly, the fallacious argument, ultimately key motivations behind the deceptive assertions the Government of China is deploying to stall any possibility of an investigation.  

There has be to a compulsive element to persuade the Government of China to co-operate over and above the Government of China's rationale to misdirect/misguide the Global community.

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Posted in: Make a genuine Whopper at home with Burger King’s Cooking Burger @Home delivery See in context

Here here, BigYen, I travel to UK and Finland frequently and am always surprised at the DIY munch in a box (Breakfast and Lunch).

You can buy all the ingredients from your local supermarket/Aeon.

But, each to their own, plus at least Burger King are supporting the stay and home philosophy.

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Posted in: Pompeo blames China for hundreds of thousands of virus deaths See in context

Only a compete cretinous ignoramus would believe or blame and entire peoples/continent for this tragedy/pandemic.

It is the actions of Leadership and Government that has to be brought to account.

This will require an UN/WHO independent drains up investigation. No less.   

Protestations of U S President Donald Trump or U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo are of little consequence.

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Posted in: UK denies sacrificing care homes; Johnson says situation improving See in context

What has been proven beyond doubt is mass testing (South Korea) , supported by boots on the ground tracking/tracing aided by a comprehensive system of decentralized smartphone tech can beat this pandemic without the necessity to lock/shutdown a nations economy.

If Johnson Government is found to have sacrificed care homes, there venerable elderly residents, expect no place to run and hide.

A public inquiry, as night follows day, will demanded from the whole nation..

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Posted in: Pompeo blames China for hundreds of thousands of virus deaths See in context

The World Health Organization supported by the Global community wants a full/thorough independent investigation into the origins of this deadly devastating pandemic.

The Government of China has put every obstacle in its way. The scientists/clinical professionals that warned of the dangers, effectively blowing-the-whistle have either disappeared, been subject to house arrest or forced to retract their statements.

Lies and misinformation spew out of every propaganda orifice that the Communist Party of China can muster/summon. Threats, harassment, are the order of the day.

It is time for punitive action. It is time for the Government of China to be brought to account.

WHO official says agency not invited to take part in China's corona-virus investigation....

"The priority is we need to know as much as possible to prevent the re-occurrence," Dr. Gauden Galea said

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/who-official-says-agency-not-invited-take-part-china-s-n1197516

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Posted in: UK overtakes Italy with most official virus deaths in Europe See in context

With the benefit of hindsight, a lot could and perhaps should/could have been done/archived differently and smarter. One aspect is the mudded, conflicting, and contradictory scientific advice from the government Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE).

No sooner had an decision making announcement been broadcast the so called expert membership of SAGE proceeded to contradict each other on social media with conflicting advice.

Followed up with the appallingly flawed polices advocated by senior management of Public Health England (PHE), who inexplicably proceeded to embark on a costly, and inefficient, management of the supply to doctors and other clinical staff of PPE.

Amyas Morse, head of the National Audit Office….

“Given the size of the NHS, workforce planning will never be an exact science, but we think it clearly could be better than it is. Since clinical staff are the NHS’s main resource and cost, these shortcomings are serious, and the current arrangements do not achieve value for money.”

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Posted in: Do you think the coronavirus will change the way people work, shop and socialize in the future? See in context

Unlikely that lifestyles and behaviors. Habits, the Friday Saturday Izakaya/restaurant get-together s,  I certainly took for granted, will ever return to a pre-coronavirus work life culture.

Frankly It is a thoroughly depressing experience.

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Posted in: UK overtakes Italy with most official virus deaths in Europe See in context

Professor David Spiegelhalter, a leading statistician at the University of Cambridge, said one certain thing is that all the official death numbers are “substantial underestimates” of those dying directly from the virus and those who died as a result of the epidemic and the measures taken in response.

“I think we can safely say that none of these countries are doing well, but this is not (the) Eurovision (Song Contest) and it is pointless to try and rank them,” he said.

“I believe the only sensible comparison is by looking at excess all-cause mortality, adjusted for the age distribution of the country,” he said. "And even then, it will be very difficult to ascribe the reasons for any differences.”

As stated above all the daily reported stats are an indicatory guide only to the spread of the pandemic.

Also, it is worth taking into consideration the coronavirus is mutating into numerous region-specific virulent strains…

The coronavirus has mutated and appears to be more contagious now, new study finds…

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/05/05/the-coronavirus-mutated-and-appears-to-be-more-contagious-now-new-study-finds.html

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Posted in: Trump administration pushing to rip global supply chains from China See in context

Support or loath President Trump administration. The American people/electorate November will be able at the ballot box to decide.

The People of China will never have that opportunity.

The People of China are always, forever destined to be under the heel/jackboot, of autocratic totalitarianism, associated with a cruel and oppressive dictatorship.

A despotic leadership/diktat imposed by General Secretary of the Communist Party of China, Xi Jinping.

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Posted in: Denim is considered old fashioned?! What else are the youngsters in Japan losing interest in? See in context

I am not a fan of either of those styles.

The Jeans give the impression that I am contemplating climbing onboard some combined harvester. And the width of those navy wide leg pants, would ensure I could to sail/glide down to my local supermarket

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Posted in: Pompeo says 'enormous evidence' virus came from Wuhan lab See in context

No matter what ones political persuasion, there has be to an investigation. First and formally to prevent this tragedy reoccurring time and time again. Surely this makes sense.

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Posted in: Pompeo says 'enormous evidence' virus came from Wuhan lab See in context

bass4funk, I believe that a full investigation is the only course of action that can bring resolution, in response to such a devasting loss globally for the families of the bereaved.

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Posted in: Abe regrets having missed goal of amending Constitution by 2020 See in context

Yukio Edano, leader of the main opposition Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, is among those who denied the necessity of an emergency clause in combating the pandemic.

"It is absolutely not true that necessary measures cannot be implemented under the rule of the current Constitution," Edano said in a video clip uploaded on the website of the party.

An unequivocal statement of the facts. To callously, cynically weaponize this pandemic, this tragedy, to shamefully pursue a political agenda is appalling and despicable.

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Posted in: Pompeo says 'enormous evidence' virus came from Wuhan lab See in context

Whatever the global community/people feel personally/politically towards U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo/President Donald Trump is inconsequential .

A full/ thorough, independent investigation must follow into the origins of this devastating pandemic.

The Government of China must submit to a chosen/vetted team of experts to have assess to every nook and cranny, all facets, timelines, the laboratories in Wuhan. Access to the medics, scientists etc.

Any refusal to co-operate fully must be met with zero tolerance, zero quarter. That will entail the cancellation of all global debt that the Government of China holds in combination of/to swinging global sanctions, every sector.

This is the least that can be done for the families of the deceased.

Mortality Analyses…..

https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/data/mortality

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Posted in: Reade: 'I didn't use sexual harassment' in Biden complaint See in context

Both Tara Reade, the former Senate staffer, Democratic nominee for President, Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. are fully aware of the alleged events that transpired 27 years ago. Compelling Tara Reade to make totally unsubstantiated accusations of sexual assault/harassment.

I won't attempt to presume Tara Reade political motivation or inducement to time these allegations so close to a Presidential Election.

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Posted in: Japan begins distributing cash handouts for virus relief See in context

I would rather the money went to the most venerable in the community, pensioners, etc etc without a steady income. Hard-up families. In all honestly, to just give this handout to all ‘n’ sundry is unjustified and frankly illogical.

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Posted in: Japan divided over introducing emergency clause in Constitution See in context

When Governments want to make misguided constitutional amendments, fundamentally curbing/restricting the peoples civil and constitutional rights, theirs is never a more fortuitous opportunity that under the guise of protecting the nation, in the midst of a major disaster.

And to start the ball rolling, wheel out a *benchmark poll* to provide the political justification.

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Posted in: UK leader Boris Johnson, partner announce birth of baby boy See in context

I have no right to make a judgement on Johnson's private life.

Frankly, I find that politicians, as policymakers have a direct impact on the electorates health, economic wellbeing, the educational system families have to rely upon.

So it is difficult not to voice an opinion into Johnson behaviour towards his extended family as a measure of his ability to garner trust, and creat the strategies the nation can have the confidence to rely upon.

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Posted in: Comedian says pandemic will prod pretty girls into sex industry See in context

Look I have much darker sense of humour that Takashi Okamura, pitch black, and as dry as a bone.

If I felt the need to apologize for very occasion I have caused offence, I would not have the time to earn a living.

Takashi Okamura, could have held his hand up and said I was only having a “laugh”.

No Takashi Okamura apologized.

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Posted in: Comedian says pandemic will prod pretty girls into sex industry See in context

Then why the necessity for Takashi Okamura, Yoshimoto Kogyo Holdings Co, and the broadcaster to issue an apology?

Takashi Okamura knew there would be consequences before he stuck his size 12 in his mooey

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Posted in: Comedian says pandemic will prod pretty girls into sex industry See in context

Oldman_13, its is not the comic vulgarity that grates, it is the after thought associated with the spurious regretful fakery.

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