Peter, part of the problem is the very stuff that you recommend people buying. Quote: " Sell little packs with a hand trowel and toilet paper and wet wipes."
Toilet paper will degrade when buried. As mentioned, as a former soldier, the military does it every time it goes out on maneuvers and they are in small and very large groups. The trowels can be made with engraved pictures of NZ and it becomes an interesting souvenir of their holiday. A family group is in no way like a thousand men and women out on maneuvers for 30 days. As mentioned, common sense applies. They cant not go, so what is best to cover or hide the natural requirement to expel waste? Just cracking down is no fix. Provide education leaflets for tourist with the sensible options available.
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I guess human defecation is so much worse than all the bids, animals and fish that do it where ever they like in nature. It is hardly likely to destroy the environment as people were doing that before toilets were ever invented and the world was not destroyed.
Yes dig a hole and bury it. Common sense applies. Children are less able to hold it for another 50km to the next toilet. God forbid someone has a case of the trots in the middle of nowhere. If this is a real problem then educate tourists. Sell little packs with a hand trowel and toilet paper and wet wipes.
Some people may camp out for three or four days and going before they leave will not help tomorrow or the next day.
The NZ military when on maneuvers do it, because soldiers take armored vehicles but none have a potty on board. It is unpleasant to think about but it is a natural thing that everyone does. Stay well away from roads or trails and bury it. Problem solved. It works for the Army.
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Would appreciate the same sentiment when you comment about Japan’s response to the pandemic. Ain’t going to hold my breath, though.
I dont believe I have ever commented on Japans response to covid before. But if the vast majority of it's citizens are happy with Japans method of containment and how the government deals with it then nobody should criticize. I certainly wont.
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Go hard and go early, is the only way to go, or go home.
Australians agree with the responses and measures taken. Foreigners do not have to like it or agree with it.
We know its right for us and that's what counts. Well done SA.
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Australia is a sovereign nation fully entitled to sail in all international waters.
Carrying WMD weapons capable warships to taunt China is not cricket.
international waters are for trade.
Australia does not have any weapons of mass destruction. The world is well aware of that fact. China on the other hand does have WMD. Sailing in international waters taunts nobody.
International waters are for all types of vessels including warships from any nation. Look it up.
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China and Japan are Australia’s largest trading partners with China being the largest by far. Let’s hope Scomo chooses the right side to support.
There is only one choice and it has been made. *hint- it is not China.
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First, China has the right to reject any rulings for the sovereignty over China's sea. It is written in the law. Second, there is no such a thing as " international tribunal", let alone reject. The arbitration is illegal before the law, and even it did make the decision, it never rejected China's claim. Do you know why ? Because China's claim is 2000 years older than the arbitration.
More BS. Some people should take a break from their fantasy world.
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Given the dependence of both the Japanese and Aussie economies on China, and China's increasing economic and military clout, you'd think they'd try a different tack.
Given that China relies so heavily on Australian resources you would think China would make moves to improve ties rather than to destroy them. 75% of China's iron ore comes from Australia and without it her factories, shipyards and reliant general manufacturing would shrink by 75%. And that is only one product. Add coal, LNG, precious metals, Copper and everything China needs that it gets reliably from Australia. China is more susceptible to harm if the trade relations break down. If China cant manufacture and build ships as much, then someone else will need the ore and buy it from Australia.
China should tread lightly and show respect to Australia or it may find itself with factories unable to make anything.
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what legal basis does Australia have to reject Chika's claim ?
Australia is a sovereign nation fully entitled to sail in all international waters. As such any unilateral claims to ownership of universally recognized international waters can be legally objected to and rejected by any sovereign nation.
It has been confirmed that China has no legal basis to claim the SCS. Claims from thousands of years ago that have never been backed up or supported are therfore false and illegal, and are simply a chapter in past history with no relevance in modern times.
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China's assertiveness or not, Quad's main goal is to monitor China's every movement, domestically & internationally. Does anyone like that?
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More nations need to join this alliance and gain experience and training.
Sadly this is not an alliance....yet. Japan is unable to go to the aid of anyone, except maybe America (not sure), in the event of hostilities. Japan can only defend itself if attacked.
The Quad is a "gathering" of like minded nations but nothing has been signed to indicate mutual defense or alliance. That would be nice, and perhaps in the near future such a prospect can be reached. Japan would need to alter its article 9 to enable it to join and make alliances.
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This "defense pact" is not an alliance or mutual defense pact. This just allows closer training on each others territory and temporary stationing of troops for training.
Closer ties and more training together to enhance tactics and seeing where each can bolster the others abilities is a good thing. It should make both a little better and whether fighting alone or side by side they will be that much harder to defeat in a fight.
A move towards a mutual defense pact would be the best for both. Neither nation has in the past 75 years picked a fight with anyone, and both promote world peace and rule of law. A stronger united front makes it more difficult for any aggressor to defeat.
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Australia did the right thing and as a result have one of the lowest number of deaths around the world.
Not dealing with covid is a mistake others are still paying for. Spanish flu took 3 years or so to disappear so if covid is similar then we still have two years to go. A number of vaccines will be available before then so this may be done a year early. Until then, fast action, mass testing & tracing and where and when required temporary restrictions will keep deaths minimized and economies strong.
Exactly the right things are being done in Australia. New Zealand also has set the right example of what to do.
Who could have guessed that a couple of Indo-Pacific nations would lead the world in the correct way to fight covid. All credit to them both. Well done.
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China wants to steal ownership of the international waters and others EEZ area's in the SCS but there are some great nations who value freedom and rule of law that will protect against such attempts at thievery.
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The US must be pressured by its regional allies to stay focused and involved in the Indo-Pacific region.
The inward focus will be important to tackle the rampaging covid that Trump has allowed in the US, in order to gain some sort of control over it. It will take 3-6 months if done well to get America to a position of normalcy, if everyone does their part, (expect a lot of puchback from anti science'rs).
But Biden must multi task Washington and deal with the world and its issues at the same time. He will be a busy President fixing issues left and right that have been left behind by the President golfer in chief who gets up at 11am and has MacDonald's for breakfast/lunch.
Hopefully Biden will withdraw the troops from Okinawa. We don't need more US here.
No he wont give China any gifts by withdrawing US troops. He may dispatch more to bolster forces.
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Japan and Australia are partners in peace. Promoting free trade (TPP) and freedom of navigation in the worlds oceans and seas. Any force for peace is a force for good.
A proper alliance between Japan and Australia would benefit both nations and the region. That is not yet on the table but working towards that in increments is a good thing.
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I think they can't keep locking down for months every time it comes back. The economic cost is just too great. .
This is in a different state and they are taking actions immediately, not waiting until the problem is out of control. Any lockdown should be minimal and this should be controllable. It is the only way to stop the virus from killing hundreds of thousands. We will not follow Europe or America and put dollars before lives.
We will do what we need to do in order to minimize the impacts on mortality first and economy second.
Lockdowns don't work and just cause more socio-economic suffering long-term.
Wrong. Lockdowns have been proven as the only thing that will reduce an out of control covid explosion, and the best way to save lives.
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Trump circus continues while nobody is running the nation. How can anyone support a president "missing in action" not doing a thing to lead the country while covid rages. Like Nero playing fiddle while Rome burns, Trump plays golf as America crumbles. Ordinary people will keep America alive until a real leader steps up on Jan 20 2021, but so much damage and death will have occurred it will be a crime against America. Trump should be held accountable, given a fair trial and with all the evidence of criminal negligence, imprisoned for the rest of his natural life. He deserves that.
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What is Suga govt doing ? Start a war with China ?
Pretty sure that defending Japan is not starting a war with anyone. Some people seem to WANT Japan to be at war with China. Settle down and understand the difference between defending oneself and starting a war.
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Bad news for ASEAN and others. Anything that strengthens China is bad for everyone else. China will not honor the agreement and will put tariffs and sanction on those who displease it. They are doing it now to a number of countries they have agreements with.
Time to boycott China.
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Agree with BigYen. Proper quarantine run by the Military in each state is essential to keeping covid under control. Testing and tracing will continue to be perfected and social distancing with mask wearing helps prevent covid, flu and even common cold transmission. Keep the pressure on covid and we can all get back to normal sooner.
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So many foolish people in the one place at the same time. A shysters paradise to sell everyone a unicorn.
Seriously did none of them watch the real news? They all think Trump won when EVERY indicator shows he lost in a landslide? America, home of the free (to be fools). Too many Americans being left behind. They need a serious overhaul of their schools. It is just a very sad sight.
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He will greatly miss Japanese food. Bland western food is as much as he can expect and fish once a week if he gets lucky. Gluey rice and bad cheap noodles will be the high point of his diet. Hard years ahead for this poor wretch.
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A great example of how to get control of this virus from Australia's success. America and Europe take note.
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A separate meeting of participants in a trade initiative backed by China is scheduled on Sunday, where the leaders are expected to ink a free trade agreement covering almost a third of the world economy. The initiative's members are the 10 ASEAN nations, China, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand.
Not much point in trade agreements with China. If a nation does something China does not like they get "punished" with sanctions after sanctions. They make up reasons for the sanctions to make it look like it is not against agreements but that is a BS smoke screen. China's sanctions on numerous Australian trade goods this year is case in point. So much for the free trade agreement in force since 2015.
China should be locked out of trade agreements until it acts civilized.
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ReasonandWisdomNipponNov. 12 09:23 pm JST
I like you but....
You need to keep your promises made.
No promise was made. An Australian Prime Minister indicated he wanted to buy them from Japan, "bypassing the tendering process" but no contract was signed.
When you buy Submarines, come to Japan like you said so from the beginning.
Japan has superior technology and could deliver equally good if not better then what France did.
I am sure France would say the same thing.
One Australian administration said we will buy it from Japan. 100%
One Prime Minister said he wanted to buy from Japan. He was replaced and the correct tender process was followed from that point. France won the bid, based on their latest Nuclear submarine and one thing considered by Australia was the possible future requirement for a Nuclear Submarine. The fact is the short fin Barracuda can be substituted for the nuclear version at any time with both submarines using the same components for the majority of the build being a factor. The other was building them in Australia which was not really on the table with the Japanese offer.
Do not let such insignificant issues interfere with a good relationship. Aussie subs no matter what model will help defend Japan if we sign a defense pact. I am sure Suga will not let it effect his decisions regarding Australia.
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Everyone knew it. Both sides watched the election and reported no fraud. Die hard Trump fans hoped that there would be huge fraud found to explain the loss, but even they had a gut feeling there would be none to be found.
The longer this drags on with accusations but no mass fraud found the worse Republicans look, which is why many are now moving to support the peaceful transition to the president elect. Trump wanting it badly enough to make up issues that may help him falsely claim a second term is not enough. What is worse in my mind is that the White House appears so wrapped up in the election issues it is running on auto pilot with nobody actually running the country. Trump seems to be so focused on his loss and turning around a loss that he has no hope of doing, and the nation is leaderless. He needs to get past his loss and lead the nation until Jan 20 then hand it over in the best shape he possibly can. That he has no intention of doing so may damage the Republican party in the eyes of swing voters for many elections to come.
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Biden has no issue of investigation of the election because it was clean.
Are you saying the courts are not clean? Sounds like a conspiracy theory to me.
Did i miss something? How does not having an issue with investigation suggest the courts are not clean?
Only a Trump fanboy/girl could find a conspiracy theory in a straight forward statement. The courts are clean as was the election. What is not clean is the environment or Trumps presidency. Major conspiracy theories abound in all Trumps actions. Now he tries to steal the election from the people. America has got to stop Trump trying to steal the election.
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A worthwhile trip for both nations. If the rumors of a defense pact are real then that is excellent news.
Reports from Australia:-
Joe Biden's presidency will do little to change the prospect that Australia will be left "alone" to defend itself in the Asia Pacific, according to one expert.
Sam Roggeveen, director of international security at the Lowy Institute think tank, told Nine.com.au that China will largely dominate Mr Biden's foreign policy agenda.
But he - like US President Donald Trump - will lack the resources and national will to confront Beijing's growing influence in the Asia Pacific.
Japan and Australia backing each other up in the event of threats or hostilities is a fall back position for both if America is unable or reluctant to help, even though it has alliances with both nations.
Trade and tourism is important for both nations to contain economic fallout from covid. A closer relationship can only be a good thing and is in both countries interests.
I hope the visit is productive and that Suga is invited to visit Australia in the near future.
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If Biden is innocent then why he is afraid of the investigation? Why he is afraid of investigation? Let allow an international team to look into this election fraud.... This is the way it happened in many countries.
International observers observed the election and their conclusion was that it was a free and fair election with no fraud. Biden has no issue of investigation of the election because it was clean. Why does Trump insist on lying about it and why do Trump supporters who know he lies about everything, believe him on this?
Reality will bite Trump soon enough, and he will realize he can not steal this election no matter how many lies he spouts or law suits he brings. The will of the majority has gained Biden the majority of electoral college votes so Biden won. Nothing worse than a sore loser. But Trump wants to destroy American institutions on the way out the door much like Hitler preferred Germany burn if they couldn't win the war for him.
Such a disgusting person. Worst President EVER! No honor, no morals, no intelligence, no honesty, no thank you.
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Posted in: It’s hoped that foreign students would join Japanese firms after graduation and continue living in the country. Furthermore, foreign students are, in fact, supporting Japan’s workforce as part-timers. It’s necessary for Japanese public and private sectors, and academics, to jointly develop a system to welcome foreign students as members of Japanese society.