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Posted in: Melbourne joins Sydney in lockdown; 12 million ordered to stay at home See in context

All these islanders feel different and protected from the rest of the world.

Galapagos syndrom.

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Posted in: Japan to ask athletes from India, 5 other countries for more COVID-19 tests See in context

I am not an IOC fan, nor a sport fan but I do appreciate the importance of the OG for sportsmen and sportswomen who dedicate their life to their sport passion.

I have a very mixed feeling about this OG and just hope it will be OK as the decision to move forward has been taken.

I do not think the foreign athletes are more a risk of transmitting COVID19 than at risk of getting COVID19 in Japan.

Good luck!

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Posted in: Tokyo falls to world's 4th most expensive city for expats: survey See in context


As I said I am moving frequently, I have left Japan since many years already, no point to follow your recommendations :-)

But I somewhat keep connected with all the places I have lived.

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Posted in: Tokyo falls to world's 4th most expensive city for expats: survey See in context


We have a different perspective but I believe we are agreeing each other.

I can read and speak 5 languages (3 good, 2 fair) and within a year in japan I learnt all katakana to be able to read the menu in western restaurants. A bit odd I admit :-)

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Posted in: Tokyo falls to world's 4th most expensive city for expats: survey See in context


My definition of expat is continuous moves.

And these are the ones getting these incentives.

PR are for me immigrants who have decided to live in a new country like the locals, not expats.

But for whatever reasons, westerners are considered or consider themselves as expats when living abroad for their whole life.

I have never heard a Bengladeshi person being called an expat in Indonesia.

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Posted in: Tokyo falls to world's 4th most expensive city for expats: survey See in context


Our moves have always been decided in common with my wife at the beginning and then including our children (as of about 12 y.o.).

And if you can manage a good balance they can enjoy it. Actually they love it. They have been exposed to many culture and life style, they speak 3 languages fluently. Kept friends all over the world. They will most likely try to have such a life when they will fly by their own. My eldest one is just starting now.

But you have a valid point. I have met so many completely broken families with lost kids, alcoholic spouses, ...

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Posted in: Tokyo falls to world's 4th most expensive city for expats: survey See in context


In the past 30 years I have not spent more than 4 years at the same place. In countries as various as North America, South America, Europe, Asia... with complete opposite life style and even religions. With all my children born on the road. With my wife not allowed to work due to my working visa. Her propspect to find a job if back to Europe is almost nil. This is not an easy life and I would not call it luxury (then of course you have arrogant expats that I do not mix with BTW).

We need to pay a very special attention to the menthal health of our children, applications in international schools are very complicated and never granted because the company pay. They need to pass exams, do essays, interviews. And if they have vancancies you may have a chance. We normally do this process in 2-3 schools for each moves.

So basically the last 6 months of an assignment and the next 6 ones for the new assignment are just full of stress. Re-creating a network, new job, new doctor, dentist, paediatrician, sport club, ... are very energy consuming. And no relatives or friends to support.

And if there are benefits and incentives granted to the people (families) accepting (and enjoying for us) this is just because very few are mobile and accepting such a kind of life.

At first we did move to two other countries as our own choice and as local. We did learn local language and joined local clubs. No problem with that. But this give us the mobility skills and mindset my new company was looking for, thus...

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Posted in: Tokyo falls to world's 4th most expensive city for expats: survey See in context

I think the definition of expat is critical.

If you are moving every 3-4 years and have a family with small children 1) you do not have enough time to adapt to local life style and 2) you need to have a basic culture consistant a home (we have read quite a lot of books and attended workshops on that matter).

For instance at home we eat and behave like in Europe, then of course food is really expensive (e.g. cheeses, meet, ...) and speaking French is mandatory (while my kids much prefer English). Outside of the home everyone does what he likes or wants to experience. So we end up to a kind of hybrid life style.

Housing is critical too, if we have a 200sqm house in Europe, why should we accept to live in a remote 100sqm apartment where nobody speaks English and without specialised groceries in western food.

Schooling then is a no brainer, it is a must to attend international schools, which allows an as smooth as possible transition at every move (which is still always tough anyway). This again impact on the area of living, which are generally very expensive.

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Posted in: Suga calls on public to watch Olympics on TV as Japan eases state of emergency See in context

What a complete fiasco that will need to be paid back for generations.

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Posted in: British medical journal calls for global conversation on Tokyo Olympics See in context

With the zillions $ involved int his Olympic I still cannot figure out how Japan could not understand the urgency of vaccination.

Welcome to the celebration of the united people victory of the COVID19.

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Posted in: IOC chief Bach to visit Japan on July 12, 11 days before Olympics begin See in context

I do not like Olympic games because this has become 90% politics and money.

However I understand sport fans who like it and spotswomen and sportsmen who train hard for this milestone.

Most of the athletes and their cohorts will be vaccinated by that time.

The one, and the only, one who should have handle it properly failed dramatically: Japan Governement.

With a reasonable vaccination rate of, let's say 40-50%, the games could be handled safely.

With proper vaccination in Japan, the Olympic would not be a super spreader.

Then, honestly I personally will not watch anyting of the Olympics, but that is just my usual choice.

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Posted in: Takeda says it may double imports of Moderna shots to help accelerate Japan vaccination See in context

Japan will not start vaccination until they secure enough jab for each and every resident.

Missing one dose and they will postpone it until they get it.

Time to invest in in very deep freezers making companies.

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Posted in: Can't wait for a jab? Black market COVID vaccines available, at a price See in context

Regardless of true, fake or uncertified black market vaccines, vaccination is not an individual silver bullet in a pandemic situation.

Mass vaccination to reach heard immunity is the path to (with still all the unknown).

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Posted in: Japan's seriously ill COVID-19 patients hit new high of 1,144 See in context

Put this jab in any shoulder available right now.

Japan has tons of vaccines waiting in freezers.

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Posted in: Australian regulator moves to block Qantas-JAL deal See in context

Australia is a rich country mostly in commodities resources.

Not many companies ready for competition.

It's a kind of Saudi Arabia in Oceania, but using its resources in a wiser manner, high class education and high class work-life balance.

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Posted in: Tokyo’s anti-crowding coronavirus countermeasures backfire on trains See in context

Paul14Today  07:00 pm JST

This virus is really destroying the image Japan has as a competent, modern nation. 

I am afraid this is just a revelator of the real incompetency of the politician in Japan who cannot control or hide the disaster. The same happened to Trump, Modi and many others basically.

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Posted in: Ishikawa town builds giant squid with COVID relief funds See in context

I would be curious to know on how this "tourist attraction" construction from public money has been attributed.

Open tender? At least 3 quotations...?

I can smell the brown fatty envelope from miles away.

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Posted in: Over half say Japan needs to amend Constitution for virus response See in context


If for once you could read the article you would save your and our time avoiding such question.

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Posted in: 1st batch of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine arrives in Japan See in context

Stop procrastinating and put this jab in any arm willing to have it.

More than 100MM people had it already, with all data shared, what the f.... for further certification?

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Posted in: India's daily coronavirus cases climb to new world record as hospitals buckle See in context


Have you got any idea on how science research works?

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Posted in: Japanese company creates ultra-compact foldable electric fan See in context

I'm always amazed about these useless "innovations".

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Posted in: Vaccine minister Kono warns against wasting COVID-19 doses See in context

I do not understand that in a smart phone addict country you cannot find 5 people in short notice to get the left over jabs. The vaccine does not get expired in an hour.

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Posted in: Australia blames EU supply issues for slow vaccine rollout See in context

EU is as well facing supply issues and building a vaccine production facility takes a lot of time, competencies to build and run and is expensive, while this pandemic may last for years or end soon. Not sure AU is willing/able to do it.

Why are we so lost against this pandemic? Because none is interested in making vaccines for that. The investment is huge with no guarantee of return. Only a common global founded reserach organization can work on unknown future pathogens with organized production (including private) and distribution.

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Posted in: EU tightens coronavirus vaccine export rules as third wave builds See in context

L’Union européenne exporte 42% de ses vaccins, les Etats-Unis et le Royaume-Uni 0%

EU exports 42% of its vaccines, USA and UK 0%.

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Posted in: EU tightens coronavirus vaccine export rules as third wave builds See in context

The comments on this thread are ridiculous and sincerely embarrassing.

Vaccination is not stockmarket.

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Posted in: Barring fans from abroad for Tokyo Olympics creates many questions See in context

Get these Olympics done as quickly as possible and move on!

I'm so tired of hearing about that matter.

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Posted in: Japan temporarily sets higher tariffs on U.S. beef imports See in context


Antibiotics are given to animals that are not ill or sick widely.

Growth hormones are prohibited in most countries, but authorized and used quite massively in Australia, New Zealand, the USA, Canada, South Africa and Japan.

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Posted in: China to issue visas to foreigners who have taken Chinese vaccines See in context

*In the West and in Hong Kong.

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Posted in: China to issue visas to foreigners who have taken Chinese vaccines See in context

This is to push for China vaccine approval in the West mostly.

Because I do not believe you can order your Sinovac on Alibaba...

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