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Posted in: Japan preparing to extend coronavirus emergency for about a month See in context

Extension is obvious. Get on with it. While you’re at it, create or amend the legislation to allow enforcement ASAP!

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Posted in: Many Japanese defy appeals to stay home to curb virus See in context

Lack of legislation and worse still lack of willingness by the government to create new stricter laws that the police can legally enforce. Show me “sand the floor!” or Japan is getting into the top 10 ranking of the table that no-one wants to win.

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Posted in: Should the Premier League season be cancelled? See in context

Delusional if people think it’s safe to finish the season. Reality will hit soon. Money spent by clubs can be pencilled in as debt that can be repaid whenever the next season can start. Get over 30 years of hurt for the safety of the football people involved and win it next season. This pandemic is actually worse than WW2, whoever denies this is selfish and will have blood on their hands when anyone dies due to catching COVID-19.

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Posted in: If you receive 100,000 yen from the Japanese government, what are you planning to spend it on? See in context

Give me ¥100,000 and I’ll tell you

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Posted in: Should the Premier League season be cancelled? See in context

Safety first not economy first. Surely Liverpool, having being so patient for their first EPL title can wait a season or so because they will win it sooner or later. Even a few purest Liverpool fans would prefer to win it on merit without an asterisk as the torture of torment from Man U and Everton fans might not be worth it.

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Posted in: In cash-loving Japan, banks still busy despite coronavirus See in context

The ageing population is understandably not adopting as why should they? If you’ve lived 70 years and struggle to use a smartphone it’s unavoidable. Unfortunately they are the highest risk but shoganai as they had a good innings anyway.

Of course it’s more balanced to have both cashless and cash systems. At least PayPay is growing.

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Posted in: Japan's March jobless rate rises to one-year high See in context

I hope that every month unemployment rises that the government takes accountability by handing out ¥100,000 to all residents each month until it steadies. Especially, as their inability to create new legislation to reduce cases by closing businesses such as pachinko parlors was plain to see.

It’s wishing thinking though I’m afraid.

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Posted in: Japan's March jobless rate rises to one-year high See in context

It’s only low as 95% of companies are SMEs. Nothing to write home about really considering the working conditions are in reality pretty bad in comparison to countries with higher rates. Bad bosses taking advantage of group think culture...

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Posted in: Japan gov't submits extra budget for virus rescue package See in context

When’s that Helicopter due to arrive?

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Posted in: Low-tech Japan challenged in working from home amid pandemic See in context

The use of Fax machines in Japan’s has 2 underlying problems. The ancient legislation and tedious nature of updating it and the culture of supporting industries/employment that are unnecessary or outdated due to political reasons.

I’m afraid this only opportunity may still not be taken to make fundamental infrastructure changes. Group think mentality in this country is probably the main culprit here.

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Posted in: Seiyu to pay special bonus to store staff working during pandemic See in context

Surely, the safest solution is organising deliveries. Probably not cheaper though. Cost shamelessly prioritised over safety here.

Prime example of companies exploiting the vulnerable. This is the norm in Asia I’m afraid...

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Posted in: Seiyu to pay special bonus to store staff working during pandemic See in context

What an outrage! This is a dirty trick to avoid compensation when it goes to court for infections or deaths! Once the staff sign in blood it means they give up liability to sue if they get infected or worse still get killed.

These families should be protesting against this trick of transferring liability.

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Posted in: Bullet trains, expressways, airports deserted ahead of Golden Week See in context

Stay Home, Save Lives! Not stay in Home Centres with all kids and your wife!

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Posted in: Japan to secure more hotel rooms for mild cases of COVID-19 See in context

After the cruise ship nightmare, who in their right mind would want to be trapped in those hotels?

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Posted in: Crowding of Japan's leisure spots draws concern See in context

Unfortunately, it’s inherent in most East Asian countries that legislation is an afterthought. To be fair legal measures were originally from the West and began in English so there are bigger issues introducing them into non-English speaking nations. It’s easy for Singapore with a much smaller population to implement laws that won’t have big ramifications compared to larger populated countries like Japan. As the economy has been based on economic fundamentals over many decades it’s near impossible for the government to deal with a radical change that is required here and now.

Anyway, someone prepare the charter flights please.

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Posted in: Crowding of Japan's leisure spots draws concern See in context

GW is gonna be a nightmare...

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Posted in: Crowding of Japan's leisure spots draws concern See in context

Legislation is so 1960s in Japan. The weak point of the government is fully exposed. All businesses are based on the lack of economic legislation where consumers drive the economy but no rainy day fund. Insurance is probably just as bad where there’s ridiculous premiums for very low risk liable cases and no enforcement of public health and safety.

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Posted in: Gov't waiting for Golden Week to decide on extending state of emergency See in context

Extension 2 of 6 incoming...

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Posted in: Djokovic against compulsory coronavirus vaccination See in context

Djokovic has a point. It’s only right in the current crisis for people to be very concerned about safety. However, compulsory vaccines seems too much, surely it’s more balanced to do this case-by-case based on country virus statuses. More data and trials needs to be at advanced stages to workout proper solutions for travel when these are available. Giving away too much power to the medical industry seems like a knee-jerk reaction.

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Posted in: McDonald’s Japan bans eat-in dining at over 1,900 locations in Tokyo, elsewhere in Japan See in context

Economic cost over human cost again. Zzzzzzzzz. Welcome to the land of business has more power than the government. Apparently McDonald’s isn’t worth writing home about in Japan anyways.

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Posted in: Q&A: How do I receive ¥100,000 from the government? See in context

Damage limitation here! Not doing the application in English might decrease handouts or increase dodgy services to aid applicants. Therefore reducing the bill and making the vulnerable more vulnerable. Another sen-wise Yen foolish move. It’s clear now that although Japan is so risk-adverse the government clearly isn’t cos it’s obvious they had no worse-case scenario plan at all! Disgraceful!

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Posted in: Q&A: How do I receive ¥100,000 from the government? See in context

Cheaped-out!

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Posted in: Economists predict coronavirus job fallout will be greater than Lehman shock See in context

Universal Benefits on the horizon? Not good but homeless increases otherwise...

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Posted in: Japan to boost stimulus to ¥117 tril due to cash payouts to ease virus pain See in context

¥100,000 Helicopter money for all for every month on partial lockdown? Let’s go!

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Posted in: Abe again urges people to stay home to stop virus spreading See in context

This is a no win situation though. The choice is:

Try to survive by risking going to work if you can’t telework or are fortunate to have that choice

Social distance on the streets if you’re unfortunately laid off and get evicted

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Posted in: 'LIBERATE!': Trump pushes states to lift virus restrictions See in context

Disclaimer

a statement that denies something, especially responsibility.

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Posted in: Gov't promises swift coronavirus payouts, starting in May See in context

Show me the mooooooooooooooney!

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Posted in: Gov't promises swift coronavirus payouts, starting in May See in context

A majority of people has a bank account in Japan. So the right starting point. For the minority they should form an orderly social distanced queue at the local ward offices. To make this safer they can stagger the collection to a certain number of people per day over a week or two.

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Posted in: Gov't promises swift coronavirus payouts, starting in May See in context

Reckon citizens including non-Japanese residents has been lost in translation or they’re prioritising citizens first as there’s less than 1% foreign residents. I watched the press conference in Japanese and they did mention in 2009 all DID include foreigners. Helicopter money on the horizon. It’s not a minor amount of money though, but the right decision looks like it’s been made.

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Posted in: Abe leans toward ¥100,000 cash handout scheme See in context

2.93 Million foreigners in Japan X ¥100,000 ain’t cheap. If foreigners aren’t gonna receive this then that’s a clear sign it’s time to close the immigration doors. If so a mass exodus is on the cards, and rightly so. Declining population curve would dump severely that that’s Sen wise Yen foolish, the handout to foreigners would be peanuts compared to long term labour and skills shortage. No brainer really...

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