JeffLee comments

Posted in: Recharge your brain at work with exercise that doesn't require much thinking See in context

Exercise at work? How many offices in Japan have showers, change rooms and workout equipment? A few, I guess, but not many. Why not just allow workers to leave the office early to hit the gym or exercise at home?

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Posted in: Japan's average land prices rise for 1st time in 27 years See in context

A one per cent rise in Tokyo after decades of no growth is laughable!

I come from one of the least affordable places on earth, a city where teachers, nurses and other essential workers don't earn enough salary to house their families without incurring a lifetime of debt, because newly arrived foreign multi-millionaires have jacked up prices and occupy a disproportionate amount of the best land.

So, yeah, I'm pretty happy the price of Tokyo real estate is NOT getting more and more expensive.

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Posted in: The number of one-yen coins in circulation has fallen sharply in Japan, and the government has stopped minting new ones for circulation, while deteriorating units are being withdrawn. Do you still use them much? See in context

They're very effective for reducing change, ironically. If my bill at the combini is 567 yen, for example, I'll hand over 1,067 yen so my change is a single useful coin: 500 yen, as opposed to a handful of small coins.

I own only a few Japanese coins at any given time, even though I make numerous cash transactions a day.

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Posted in: Japan-U.S. trade talks to be delayed after new U.S. tariffs on China See in context

Japan should see its future with China....

Good luck with that. China is on an official mission to become self-sufficient and globally dominant in all the key technologies and industries, with the aim of cutting its dependence on others.

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Posted in: UK's Hunt says Britain can flourish even without Brexit deal See in context

ARM is no chip maker but a designer

Yeah, I know that. And the designs are produced in the UK, as the poster questioned whether the UK "produces" anything important other than financial services.

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Posted in: UK's Hunt says Britain can flourish even without Brexit deal See in context

What else does the U.K make or produce that is world leading or even comparable with the very best?

Jet engines and other aerospace equipment? Defense? Aren't Rolls Royces and Bentleys manufactured in the UK? 60% of the world's mobile devices had chips by ARM, a British company, a few years ago. I don't know about now, the current (pro-Remainer) UK govt allowed the Japanese to takeover the manufacturer, , the kind of moronic move that hopefully will end if Brexit results in a national industrial program that protects, rather than gives away, the nation's finest industrial assets.

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Posted in: U.S.-China tariffs: What's behind them, who stands to be hurt? See in context

The U.S. also asserts that Beijing uses state money to buy American technology at prices unaffordable for private companies.

An analyst on Hong Kong radio pointed out all the industrial financing in China is done at below-market rates. Hail the supremacy of Communist economic planning! It IS working, you gotta admit.

It's gonna be weird when the world's biggest economy will be a Communist dictatorship. I wonder what Reagan and Thatcher would think of that? Today's neo-lib free-marketeering globalists in West have no problem with it, which is scary.

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Posted in: Trade war escalates as China announces tariffs on U.S. imports See in context


"Silly comment based on the search for a scapegoat and a lack of knowledge :)"

A silly response to a post based on a couple of irrefutable facts. :)

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Posted in: Do you think Okinawa should hold a referendum on whether or not it should host any U.S. bases? See in context

The Japanese govt and public would never tolerate it. Most Americans right now would love to see their troops come home and make Japan take more care of its defense needs.

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Posted in: Trade war escalates as China announces tariffs on U.S. imports See in context

 The U.S. says the plans are based on stolen technology, violate China's market-opening commitments and might erode American industrial leadership.

They are right. China's grand strategy is to become self-sufficient and dominant globally in the most important and strategic technologies and industries by 2025. This is what the neo-lib free-traders don't understand -- and also that China's global dominance is being orchestrated by a communist dictatorship.

If people in the West care about their kids' future, they need to do something about this now.

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Posted in: Japan eager to be on board vertical-takeoff 'flying cars' See in context

Surprising, since the Japanese authorities have always been very draconian toward approving new types of vehicles and issuing permits for specialized road use, such as vehicle testing and even film shooting.

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Posted in: Trump imposes tariffs on $200 bil more of Chinese goods; Apple smart watches, other gadgets exempt See in context


Actually, the US government has already started it's socialist program of providing tax money to farmers who have been hurt by the tariffs.

YOu don't know what socialism means. It refers to state ownership of capital. The provision of subsidies by the Trump administration does not affect the farmers' property rights, unless you can prove otherwise.

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Posted in: Trump imposes tariffs on $200 bil more of Chinese goods; Apple smart watches, other gadgets exempt See in context

 It would have been smarter to get Canada, Mexico, Japan and the EU to pressure open Chinese markets together with the USA.

Yes it would. But they had the chance to do something about it for many years, and chose NOT to act in a meaningful way. They didn't want to rock the globalist boat, or make that "mega-yacht."

Time for mainstream parties in the West to get real.

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Posted in: Trump imposes tariffs on $200 bil more of Chinese goods; Apple smart watches, other gadgets exempt See in context

 The US Consumer pays the tariff.

The revenue of which ends up in the hands of the Federal govt. I guess the govt can redistribute the money back to consumers through tax cuts and tax breaks, giving them more spend. LOL.

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Posted in: We can't continue without financial assistance. We need to look at supply and demand when preparing medical services. See in context

So lay off your workers and downsize your operations.

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Posted in: Trumped: How Seoul's U.S. trade 'coup' left Korea steel in limbo as Japan marches on See in context

So much for tariffs being a "lose-lose" proposition. In this case, it's win-win. Japan steelmakers increases sales, the US govt gets more revenue, which it can use for all manner of things, like funding healthcare or more tax cuts.

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Posted in: London mayor calls for second referendum on Brexit See in context

May is Remainer, and she is in charge of the Brexit negotiations, while other leaders of the ruling class, like Carney, are also Remainers, who, incidentally, is now strategically coming out with doom and gloom comments. That is a big part of the problem.

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Posted in: Japan's booming July machinery orders point to accelerating growth See in context

Getting used to reading good news about the Japanese economy. It was a very different situation 4-5 years ago.

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Posted in: Operation Tsukiji: Tokyo battles rats as iconic market prepares to shut See in context

My wife used to work in a restaurant in Tokyo that was filled with rats. The staff used to spot nests with litters of babies in the kitchen and then the staff would watch them get bigger and grow up. The owner refused to call in pest control because he feared taking a day off would hurt his revenue, the greedy so-and-so.

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Posted in: Japan, Vietnam urge U.S. to rejoin Pacific trade deal See in context

"....unfettered access to U.S. markets was a major draw."

Funny of no mention of "unfettered access to Japanese markets." That ain't gonna happen!

That's "free trade" folks. It's a boon for strictly controlled communist states like Vietnam but poison for working folk in developed democracies whose govts conspire with multinationals to push "free trade."

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Posted in: ANA Travel Wellness Initiative to help passengers recharge while in-flight See in context

However recently, I noticed that planes are just noisy. 

I've noticed that too. In the 90s, I used to have normal conversations with passengers beside me. Now, I almost need to shout. Maybe because they were 747s in the old days, which put the engines farther away from the cabin, or my habit now of sitting near the front of the cabin.

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Posted in: 10 years after Lehman Shock: Safer financial system yet much hasn't changed See in context


"this industry is another area where bipartisanship is alive and well....The margin was 258-159, with 33 Democrats supporting the legislation.

"Bipartisanship"? Those numbers show it's an overwhelmingly a Republican thing, with the vast majority of Dems opposed.

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Posted in: 10 years after Lehman Shock: Safer financial system yet much hasn't changed See in context

A major contributor to the tea-party/populist movement, which took off in the years following the meltdown...and by extension today's divided world. A near trillion dollars of taxpayer money thrown at the banks so their execs. could continue take home their million dollar bonuses and avoid jail for instigating the greatest fraud in human history.

It's easy for the authorities to prevent another one: hike the banks' minimum capital reserve ratios way, way higher to around 50% and/or nationalize the mainstream banking system, like China has done, or allow a govt-directed bank oligopoly, which Canada did ages ago.

Banks should serve public goals and should NOT exist primarily to make a small number of super wealthy people super-duper wealthy.

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Posted in: Kansai airport reopens runway flooded in typhoon See in context

30% capacity after 10 days closure. Could be worse, I guess. But you'd think that in region routinely pounded by typhoons and a facility located three kilometers offshore, they would have prepared for such contingencies from the get-go.

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Posted in: Kono says Japan will accept more foreign workers See in context

“Kono cited sports stars including tennis sensation Naomi Osaka, the daughter of a Japanese mother and a Haitian father, as an example of the benefits of welcoming outsiders.”

He’s kidding, right? Her and her family LEFT Japan very early on for the US, where she became successful. The US was the “welcoming” one, Japan presumably the “unwelcoming” one.

“I think everyone shall be welcome in Japan if they are willing to assimilate into Japanese society."

I wish Western officials would say that. "Integration" policies, especially in Europe, have proven unsuccessful and unpopular.

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Posted in: Japan's disasters highlight vulnerable infrastructure See in context

KIX should have been place closer to shore, like Hong Kong's airport, which also has two road links, not one like Kansai's.

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Posted in: It’s time to consider placing limits on the number of people who enter as an anti-crowding measure. To maintain our pride as a tourism nation, harmonious coexistence with local residents is extremely important. See in context

I've large given up "sightseeing," unless it's in some obscure rural area. In Japan, I basically do no sightseeing at all.

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Posted in: Five important manners to remember when buying something at a Japanese convenience store See in context


 However I manage to have a small wallet out as I enter the store and hold it in the same hand that holds the handles of the basket, plus the shopping bag hooked over my forearm. 

Now, THAT'S a hassle. I used to do something like that, but a couple of years ago left my wallet in the basket or the counter and went home. This was stressful, since my gaijin and credit cards were inside. I had to retrace all my steps back to the combini where it was retrieved. Prefer not to go thru that again. Best to keep one's wallet and money safe inside one's own pocket until needed.

"I know it’s hard but I think it can be done with a little creativity

"Creativity," LOL. It shouldn't be so "hard." The cashier could use a little common sense and consideration. Training by the employer on the dangers of plastics on the natural envirnoment wouldn't go amiss, either. A big reason we have this global environmental problem in the first place is that certain corporations make freely giving out vast volumes of unnecessary plastics is part of their service model. This needs to stop. Someone proposing a contribution to the problem should be lauded, not questioned.

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Posted in: Airports near typhoon-hit Kansai airport to increase flights See in context

I guess it's still going to be a while til KIX gets back to normal.

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Posted in: Apple iPhones get bigger and pricier; Watch turns to health See in context

Apple have been selling phablets for years.

No it hasn't.

"Apple is going phablet with its next iPhone."

-- LA Times, Feb. 2018

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