AustPaul comments

Posted in: Australian police arrest man over alleged Islamic State membership See in context

We don’t need people like him in our country, good he’s locked up.

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Posted in: Man arrested after 32-hour hostage standoff at internet cafe in Saitama See in context

@peeping tom

It was a good result in the end, nobody hurt, but how would you know what Police in other jurisdictions would do? Each situation is different and I’m sure you’ll find the focus is on preserving life where possible not taking it.

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Posted in: Female worker being held hostage at internet cafe in Saitama See in context

“On Thursday evening, the operator of the internet cafe simply told Kyodo News, "We are looking into the situation."

Yeah ok whatever - I’d expect a statement from the local Police anyway.

Hope it gets resolved soon

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Posted in: Bear shot dead after rampaging through Sapporo See in context

“Sapporo will host the Olympic marathon and race-walking events in August.”

Crikey, having bears on the loose might be a handicap for some then!

@Fighto, doubt the local troops would be already bombed up in these circumstances..

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Posted in: Gov't to begin issuing vaccine passports in July See in context


Have you discussed this with your doctor?

I experienced some fatigue after my first Astra jab but pending prolonged complications they still recommend the second dose to increase the efficacy.

However just today due to more cases of blood clots they now recommend Astra for over 60’s in Australia.

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Posted in: Myanmar soccer player to seek asylum in Japan See in context

Good luck to him.

Interesting point about whether there’ll be further claims during the Olympics..

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Posted in: Gov't to begin issuing vaccine passports in July See in context

Here we can see all immunisations etc on our digital health record through the government’s Medicare website.

Could Japan not have the same system? All you’d need to do is download/print your records and there you go. No need to create more paperwork…

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Posted in: Japan to provide greater COVID vaccine support to foreign residents See in context

Good on the government for doing this, but it’s their job anyway.

How do people register for the jab up there? Can you do it online? If so I’m sure having online registration in multiple languages would be ideal.

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Posted in: Bored Games: Aussie softball team finds Olympic bubble challenging See in context


Seems you get it mate, thanks.

If they have been quarantined, get tested daily and have already been vaccinated what is the risk of them transmitting the virus to the populace? After 3 weeks in country under these conditions why would they then have the virus? How are they any different to returning Japanese and permanent residents?

Don’t get me wrong, if it was up to me I don’t think these Olympics should go ahead in the current climate.

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Posted in: Bored Games: Aussie softball team finds Olympic bubble challenging See in context


If they have been tested prior to leaving here (very low risk country), are vaccinated and have been tested regularly whilst being up there then the only risk of infection is from local transmission. What are the number of cases in Ota where they are?

Although why they had to train 6 weeks prior up there I don’t know, I’d be quite bored by now too.

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Posted in: Japan, Australia hold security talks to counter China's rising assertiveness See in context


Are you prepared to back up those ridiculous claims?

We may have been a bit rough around the edges but we have had some of the finest soldiers in the world over the years, do some research.

Glad to have the Japanese on our side now

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Posted in: Australian Olympic softball team arrives in Japan See in context


As there is very little to no community transmission in Australia the chances of our athletes spreading the virus would be next to nil.

The risk would be from locally acquired infection.

Stay safe everyone

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Posted in: Japan to impose 10-day quarantine on travelers from India, 5 other countries See in context

Japan, make the quarantine for all travellers entering from anywhere, regardless of nationality too (ie Japanese)

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Posted in: Japan sees no impact on Olympics from U.S. travel advisory See in context

Well we have the same travel advice for Japan too…no surprises really given their numbers. It prevented me from going up there in July for work.

Come on Japan kick it into gear a bit!

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Posted in: Stop terrorism See in context

@OB one, what were the grounds for searching your vehicle? Police don’t go searching cars or people for no reason..

If it was me I’d certainly like to know why.

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Posted in: Chinese envoy to Japan calls Quad grouping 100% outdated See in context

It’s like a bully telling someone who they can be friends with.

To him I say the Quad is doing what “is necessary to address the increasingly severe security environment surrounding the region and there is "no scenario (we) would give up" bolstering our armed forces/regional cooperation/exercises.

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Posted in: Family of dead Sri Lankan woman unconvinced by Nagoya immigration account See in context

A very sad story, at the end of the day she died in custody and as such given what I’ve read in this article I hope there is an inquiry into her death. If there are failings in the system then they need to be corrected as well as neglect on the part of the Immigration Dept. I know if that happened here there’d be serious consequences.

A few callous comments by some posters here, I’m curious to hear how they justify that ‘she is responsible for what happened’.

Absolute baloney

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Posted in: Vaccine chief Kono blames drug approval system for slow inoculation drive See in context

Perhaps the issue also is that they don’t have any emergency approval system in place to fast track the use of these vaccines? Maybe this pandemic will lead to changes in this regard as I’m sure Japan is a bureaucratic paradise.

Also a bit strange to mention vaccine hesitancy when many appear to be dissatisfied with the rollout.

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Posted in: Japanese prosecutors claim Ghosn said Nissan pay plan was not set See in context

‘Corporate matter’ not ‘cornet criminal matter’.

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Posted in: Japanese prosecutors claim Ghosn said Nissan pay plan was not set See in context

‘Nissan officials have testified they sought Ghosn's arrest out of concern Renault, which owns 44% of Nissan, would gain stronger domination of the company’

I’m no fan of corporate bigwigs but this paragraph is quite concerning to say the least. Why should someone be arrested for this? What charge would be considered for ‘gaining stronger domination of a company’??? This is a cornet criminal matter and should have been dealt with under Japan’s corporate watchdog.

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Posted in: Two different Olympic scenes: Inside and outside the National Stadium See in context

@Christopher Glen

Show me your figures then….

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Posted in: Two different Olympic scenes: Inside and outside the National Stadium See in context

“Japan has attributed almost 11,000 deaths to COVID - good by world standards but poor compared to Asian neighbors like Taiwan and Vietnam.”

It’s not good at all! Those people have lost their lives. I find this quite insensitive the way it’s written.

If most if not all foreign athletes are vaccinated I’d hope the Japanese ones would be too, otherwise is there not a risk of local transmission?

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Posted in: 82-year-old woman arrested for hitting crying 3-year-old girl at shopping center See in context

Hey Bob settle down. I’m not childless but my first and probably my main thought would be for the police to charge the offender not for me to sue.

A lot of suing going on in the States by the sounds of it, way more than anywhere else.

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Posted in: Packed trains, drinking: Japanese impatient over anti-virus measures See in context


I was going to say the same thing. The athletes arriving from overseas would have been vaccinated and tested vigorously prior to departure. The greater risk would be from local infection hence the bubble.

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Posted in: Australia defends decision to penalize its citizens returning from COVID-ravaged India See in context


There’s a difference in cases that are in quarantine and community transmission. Due to many recent arrivals from India the cases in quarantine have spiked. Cases recorded in the general community are low to non existent.

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Posted in: Man shot by police officer dies in Nagoya hospital See in context

The use of lethal force in this instance would be justified (alternative would be tasers but Japanese Police don’t carry these) however a warning shot would not recommended.

At the end of the day someone has lost their life and that will no doubt affect all involved.

@kyakusenbi, Police are not taught to aim for the knees, rather centre of seen mass.

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Posted in: Up to 300 people per day breaking self-quarantine pledge in Japan See in context

Remember, it only takes one person to pass it on, 2-300 might seem a small amount but if a few of those were carrying the virus and not ‘pledging’ to stay quarantined then it can easily be passed onto others and so forth…..that’s why numbers are most likely increasing. Maybe you should tell this to your friend Steve!

Oh and if the foreign residents are threatened with deportation I’d say they would be complying more than returning Japanese, after all, they have more to lose.

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Posted in: Up to 300 people per day breaking self-quarantine pledge in Japan See in context

The system here may not be perfect but mandatory quarantine in a designated facility would probably be the right way to go. Oh an legislation with teeth if people fail to comply/breach quarantine etc.

None of this ‘pledge’ business…

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Posted in: 6 torch relay staff in southwestern Japan test positive for COVID-19 See in context

What is the contact tracing system like up there? For a country as technologically advanced as Japan I’d expect everyone to have a contact tracing app on their phones and QR codes at basically all venues?

Would be interesting to see where they got it and how many other people may have now been affected.

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Posted in: 80% supportive of reigning empress as pool of heirs shrinks: poll See in context

Have said it before, just have a referendum and implement changes. It’s not hard, these advisory panels of ‘experts’ is becoming quite a bore….

Better still, ask the people already in the job their thoughts? Or do they not count?

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