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Posted in: Spotify launches music relief project to help artists See in context

Indeed, a segment of the population who need the most assistance.

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Posted in: Pompeo says G7 agrees China spreading virus disinformation See in context

How ridiculous this all is.  Like childish name calling.  does it really matter where it began?  Not like the relevant governments deliberately did it.  Or that it is a result of their policies or their form of government.

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Posted in: Japan to set up coronavirus task force; no state of emergency yet See in context

But if they are rampant, where is the concomitant death toll?

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Posted in: Which industries do you think will weather the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus? See in context

Pharmaceuticals.  Web based ones. 

Once the crisis passed watch all the currently stricken ones bounce back.  Airlines (there may be less of them so the remaining ones will be operating at higher capacity).  Food and drink (likewise).

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Posted in: BOJ sees deeper economic pain, even after emergency easing See in context

If their only solution is to buy more assets, then no surprise.

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Posted in: Pandemic bonds prove good for investors, less so for nations See in context

Like so many Supranational or other Big State ideas, unintended consequences and not the desired result.

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Posted in: New York mobilizes against onslaught from virus See in context

Words like "onslaught" are a bit much.  The damage to livelihoods and so on are precautionary, not because people are dying in the streets.

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Posted in: Deer me See in context

That will not be a particularly flattering shot.

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Posted in: Japanese comedian Ken Shimura tests positive for COVID-19 See in context

No laughing matter.

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Posted in: Experts warn Japanese growing complacent of coronavirus risk See in context

They may be right, but I can't help thinking that Japan is way closer to the countries where this all exploded and so if a wave were to hit here it should have already happened.  Fact that it hasn't might be indication of 1. no need to panic or 2. all these experts love calling doom and gloom because that is partially their raison d'etre. 

We shall see.  In the meantime the knock on effects on the whole world remain awful.

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Posted in: Taylor Swift's publicist takes aim at Kim Kardashian in feud See in context

How unedifying and pointless.

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Posted in: Nikkei gains sharply to 18,000 level on BOJ fund buying impact See in context

Plus if some of this is BoJ ETF buying then guess for the first time they might make some money on their asset purchases.

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Posted in: Ticket holders wonder what happens if Games postponed See in context

They will be extended to when the games are held (next year?)

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Posted in: Woody Allen memoir released by new publisher after protests See in context

The parts describing his romantic involvement and so on with Soon-Yi are particularly poignant.

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Posted in: Nikkei gains sharply to 18,000 level on BOJ fund buying impact See in context

Will be down by the same this time next week.

The volatility likely not over yet.  when it is those with cash will make some money.

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Posted in: Crude reality: price crash means oil firms must slash spending See in context

Once this is over these companies will look really cheap.

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Posted in: Japan to spend over ¥15 tril as virus hits economy See in context

"financed in part bu deficit covering bonds"??

Who wrote this nonsense?  Japan already finances its normal budget by issuing bonds........

To find this extra money it will all need to be borrowed.

And spending huge amounts will still not really mitigate the damage caused by mass shutdowns of the economy and so on.

I know that many thing the government is not doing enough, but what do the stats show?  so far Japan is nowhere near the worst affected or fastest growing in terms of Covid-19.....

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Posted in: SoftBank to sell up to $41 bil in assets to buy shares, reduce debt See in context

Hmmmmm...  Who's gonna buy?  What are they looking to sell?  after the WeWork debacle I think many are going to look at their "assets" way more critically.

not sure this signals a company in trouble (but could be wrong).  More likely they want cash to buy up proper companies once this current panic has passed.

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Posted in: Warnings fail to stop Japanese crowds from viewing cherry blossoms See in context

Nearby, a group of women sat picnicking, none of them wearing masks.

So what?  Are masks a proven spread stopper?

Also how are they supposed to eat and drink wearing a mask?

Seems to me sitting outside is at the fairly benign end of socializing.

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Posted in: Azerbaijan Grand Prix set to be latest F1 postponement See in context

Tragic.  all the poor F1 millionaires and plutocrats.

although I guesws at some stage this will impact the oprdinary working engineer and pit crew and rifg drivers etc.

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Posted in: Echoes of Great Depression as Australian jobless queue for help See in context

I really think that this kind of apocalyptic language is not helpful. In my view it has directly contributed to the huge impact this has had already had despite minor loss of life and short duration to date.  Talk of Great Depression and Spanish Flu and Black Death and so on that is all the rage (plus our ever present celebs updating us constantly on their status and so on) and just stokes panic and fear.   As is so often the case, the rich will benefit from this.  For those with cash, this will represent a wonderful investment opportunity at some stage in the future.  Asset prices will rebound in the near future.

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Posted in: Japan to ask travelers from U.S. to self-quarantine for 14 days See in context

So they turn people away or quarantine them?  Friend of mine had a relative arriving on a study visa.  Rushed to get a booking before the axe came down midnight Friday.  Was told by UK Japanese consulate that as long as he was on a plane before the equivalent of Japan midnight should be ok.  JAL told him the same.  Arrived and was told he had to go home.  No quarantine option allowed.  Totally destroyed all arrangements. 

I know the staff at Immigration are not paid to exercise discretion.  but the rules themselves seem odd.  some countries quarantine, some visa waivers ok others not.

and the lack of proper coordination between consulates, airlines and arrival officers......

To read that folks are being told "please self isolate" but then can get on public transport with no checking is a bit weird also.

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Posted in: Turkey edges towards direct conflict with Russian-backed Syria See in context

Almost predictably the Middle Eastern mess takes another turn and former allies become enemies and former enemies become allies.  Perfect illustration of why US and NATO intervention in this region was so unwise and continues to be a waste of time and money and people.  Best solution is to let the regional powers sort themselves out.

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Posted in: France steps up investigation into Ghosn, Omani dealership See in context

Movie will be boring - not sure why so many see this as good basis for a thrilling flick.

If (when??) France finds Ghosn wasn't entirely straight and arrest and try him, will we see the same level of criticism of the legal process I wonder.

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Posted in: Attorney General Barr considering quitting over Trump tweets: Washington Post See in context

Think the facts don't chime with him being Trump's stooge.  And not sure I would believe that the Washington Post has an insight into his thinking. 

But if he doesn't quit the Dems can always try and impeach him.

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Posted in: Colorful tourists See in context

How exactly do we know that they are tourists?

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Posted in: Japan records ¥1.3 tril trade deficit in January See in context

Abenomics at work again.  coupled with a redundant economic model that is being out produced and out competed by the likes of Korea (electronics and auto, say) and China (lots of the light industry that used to be a mainstay of the economy here).  And a massively overspending government that is stuck in a hankering after the post war boom.  Sad.

Stop propping up dying industries and zombies.  stop depressing wages for young people.  Stop trying to monetize the ridiculous debt mountain. 

Maybe that will work better than the current failed experiment.

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Posted in: Coronavirus outbreak stokes anti-Asian bigotry worldwide See in context

To attribute general stupidity and racisnm to the virus is stretching it.  Just gives dimwits another excuse to act on their bigotry.  not like there has been a mass outbreak following the virus.

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Posted in: On July 1, a law will go into effect in Japan making it mandatory for supermarkets, convenience stores and other retailers to charge for plastic shopping bags. Do you think this will reduce the amount of plastic waste? See in context

Use paper bags or bags made from other biodegradable or recyclable material.  Charging does help reduce usage.  But bags are only one small part of the plastics problem.

Also I don't see a lot of discarded plastic bags lying around our cities or countryside.  Plenty of pics of other countries where plastic waste is a real (and highly visible) issue.

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