most of the leaders of the South Pacific banana republics would sell out there own country for a few million bucks and a luxury condo in Singapore or London. This is child's play for CCP and China well understands the benefits of splashing out some illicit payments. Why does the West try to play a transparent game of checkers where they telegraph their every move and feel a need to justify it to the media? If the West doesn't start playing chess with the Chinese and thinking 30-50 years ahead instead of their next election, the West will lose control of the world in the long run.
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The cure for high prices is high prices.
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End the arrival quarantines now.
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4 years playing in Japan on a high end expense account at the US tax payers' expense. A handsome reward for his loyalty to the failing Democratic party and for running the notoriously corrupt, and also failing despite taxes that will make your nose bleed, City of Chicago (just check the city's net migration stats if you disagree).
What an utter insult to the importance of Japan and its people to the Biden admin.
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"...until AT LEAST the end of February"
missing these key words implies borders reopen end of Feb. False.
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More people told me they had covid this week than the entire rest of the pandemic. This is going to hit almost eveyone and vaccines do not stop this variant whatsoever yet everyone says it is no more than a mild cold. Time to end 14 day quarantine in all countries and especially Japan. Covid is burning itself out and quarantine is pointless now that omicron is inside your borders.
-1 ( +0 / -1 )
@El Rata which metaverse and NFTs you selling? Have some more fake real estate or digital apes I could buy or have they all sold out? haha
2 ( +2 / -0 )
after just one local transmission, the entire concept of a border closure is illogical and absurd. Trying to ban something that's already within your borders and spreading. Prediction: in February Japan will hit new peaks of cases, and it won't have anything to do with foreigners.
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Japan treats its so-called "permanent-residents" like temporarily visiting trash. After 13 years, I grew tired of it and the Covid foreign resident "lockout" last year was the last straw. I'm still a PR holder, but I moved my job and tax residency to Singapore in 2021. I'll never formally work in Japan again and they will miss out on millions of dollars in tax revenue if they hadn't made it so difficult to be a foreigner in their country. No hard feelings Japan, it's just business - and I as a high earning tax payer was just another customer you lost.
1 ( +3 / -2 )
The goalposts have officially been moved ladies and gentlemen.
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Once a single case of Omicron has successfully crossed the Japanese border (and it already has), the entire concept of shutting the border is pointless. The variant they fear is already amongst us. Like every other variant before it, detection lags too far behind detection to stop it.
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After years of Western "cancel culture" taking down everything from comedians, to business people, athletes to historical figures one has to ask... how on earth does global cancel culture not take aim at the Chinese Communist Party. It has committed eggregious crimes against humanity including mainly its own citizens, but it also is a group of homogenous Han Chinese men with virtually no real authority in the hands of China's women or its many minority groups. It's simply disgusting and hypocritical that the world of woke, cancel culture internet ethusiasts decides to give these people a "pass". Even more mind-boggling to me is that the Western companies that kowtow to the CCP in order to do business in China also are getting a pass. The irony is that these companies are some of the most outspoken and progressive on western issues such as Black Lives Matter and liberal American politics: (I'm looking at you Nike, Apple, Google, Airbnb all Beijing 2022 Olympic sponsors and many more), but these companies have absolutely nothing to say on the human rights violations committed by the CCP. Simply hypocritical, shameful and disgusting.
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@carpslidy please post a link because JT here is just not doing their job if that's true.
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Ridiculous. This will get abused immiedately. I anticipate a lot of totally unnecessary "business trips" are suddenly going to be cooked up by people from all over Asia, Europe, US or wherever. Next, their family and friends will all become "coworkers" (not hard to do if you own a business). The reality is these "business people" will use this as a backdoor to enjoy Japan meanwhile Japansese citizens and permanent residents (read: second class citizens) get shafted AGAIN by the Japanese govt with never ending 10/14 day quarantine to return there. Getting PR in Japan is about as desirable as getting covid itself.
And humor me, what scientific evidence does a 3 day self quarantine in a hotel provide? What is less risky about a business person eating in packed izakaya on Day 4 vs. a vaccinated resident or citizen?
How is this anything other than an arbitrary BS to keep the business association happy while making it look to the public like they are still being vigilant. It's total bs at this point and never has been about science. Another reactive, never proactive policy from the Japanese govt which is clearly just reacting as other countries start to reopen. Shame on these people to put citizens and PRs behind business folks looking to come enjoy Japan on the company dime.
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How all of these gov'ts could allow their entire supply chains to be controlled by one country that has capability to dominate them is beyond me. Perfect example of placing short term profits over long term protection of their own people.
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Japan may have the highest spread on Earth between what the average salary man pays and what the average Ultra High Net Worth Japanese "business owner" pays. I know because I've been on both sides of it. As a salaryman trodding through station everyday in a black suit, I worked my butt off to eventually have the privilege to pay 55% (!!) income tax + another 6% in healthcare and pension, leaving me with less than 40% of my earnings to actually spend! And there are no longer any legal ways to meaningfully reduce this rate. This is absurdly high and needs to be reduced.
Most people won't admit this, but last year, I became a business owner and I was able to earn a similar amount of money and was allowed to deduct so many expenses it brought me down to ~20%. Use offshore accounts and I could have reduced it to nearly 5-10%... in some cases 0! This is absurdly low and deduction loopholes need to be closed in Japan.
So reality is business owners in Japan are scamming the tax system (legally) while salarymen are getting crushed. Think again when you hear rich business owners complaining about taxes. Sure, the gross amount may be high, but they aren't paying the % they want the public to think they are. THEY PAY MUCH MUCH LOWER % than you think.
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Went to Greece and Cyprus all of last month. Great to travel again, but it's miserably hot there.
0 ( +0 / -0 )
"Zero covid" was a good plan in 2020. Now it's clear that we need to live with Covid and get on with our lives. Covid cases will happen, some will die, while the vast majority will be OK. Calm down and get back to normal, folks.
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If I was Australian, I'd be seething. "One rule for you, none for me"
3 ( +3 / -0 )
The woke-lympics strike again! This event is a money grabbing corrupt, virtue signaling circus. I LOVED the Olympics as a kid, but this has been hijacked by the globalist woke crowd. Cancel it.
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Best prepared city except for the failure to vaccinate the vast majority of the population in the host city despite countries of similar wealth accomplishing this months ago.
-1 ( +0 / -1 )
How does the cocaine use of a couple sparkies working for a 3rd party vendor lead to a "stain on the entire Olympic games"? Athletes who have trained for years for this moment have nothing to do with this. Don't drag them into this.
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The pandemic has done to Japan what it has everywhere else, it exposed weaknesses and exacerbated & amplified already in place trends. The weakness here in Japan was an incompetent pool of leaders, completely inept for an international crisis of any sort. If the Japanese don't take this as a wake up call to change your leaders from a group of navel gazing, xenophobic old men, what will do it for you Japan?
1 ( +1 / -0 )
I've spent this year in Japan, SG, USA and Europe and can verify 100% that Asia is struggling most in Year 2 of Covid-19 while Europe and USA are well on their way toward normalcy. It is now abundantly clear that further lockdowns just delay the next wave; the ONLY way out of this mess is to vaccinate 70%+ of your entire population, issue some form of vaccine certificates and move on with life. Australia and Japan, as the richest APAC countries have no excuse for their current predicament. Even middle income countries such as Thailand should focus on vaccinating their populations rather than opening "tourist islands" like Phuket to bring a few bucks in until the next variant hits.
0 ( +0 / -0 )
Just sold all my shares in the JP indices today. Why would anyone support such a blatantly corrupt system that is so anti-foreign investor. Corporate governance will only change when starved of financial resources.
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In the absence of a competent leadership across much of the world, people have rightfully decided that they will have to judge the risks of living with Covid-19 for themselves. The reality is this virus is here to stay and we cannot hide in our homes for multiple years just to avoid the small chance of sickness and even smaller chance of death. Every day of your life is a calculated risk and Covid-19 is no different in that regard, it has just raised the risk level that we now have to accept as a baseline, but humans have dealt with this many times throughout our existence in the form of wars, plagues and natural disasters. Life will go on and so will your life if you accept this new reality.
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Some readers may be wondering how a rich country like Japan has a healthcare system that is at "full capacity" despite Covid cases being relatively low vs other rich countries. The reason is that Japan's healthcare system is actually 90% private hospitals and 10% public and only the public hospitals are accepting Covid patients. This means 90% of the capacity is not available and cannot be forced to help even in the face of a global pandemic. The real problem are these 90% of private hospitals and the outsized control that the Japan Doctors Association has in this country. They are simply putting the profits of their own hospitals before the broader good of society. If these hospitals were fully open to Covid patients, you would be hearing very different statistics (i.e. less than 8% of hospital beds are occupied by Covid patients). Instead we hear that the medical system is "buckling" and hospitals are over capacity... well, that's because only 1 in 10 are being used to help fight this pandemic, while the private hospitals are more than happy to give you a JPY 40,000 covid test or a government handout when it comes to administration of vaccines. Dig deeper into the Japan Doctors Association and you will find this is a hugely flawed system and much of the blame should fall on these private hospitals for not stepping up in this time of extreme circumstances.
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Agree with Kipling and Tobia. What foreign national is dying to get in Saudi right now... does this announcement impact anyone? And why is Japan Today bothering to report this? Seems very out of place.
1 ( +2 / -1 )