JeffLee comments

Posted in: Mass vaccination site to fill vacant slots with police, other officials See in context

If these centers only inoculate select groups of people, then they cannot be described as "mass."

In this kind of case, mass means everyone, or non-discriminatory. When a "mass evacuation" is ordered, for example, it means the entire population of an area, not a selected minority. How hard is this for reporters and editors in Japan to understand?

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Posted in: After G7, Biden says he's reestablishing U.S. credibility See in context

@goodluckto you

USA and NATO destroyed the most prosperous nation in Africa....

The civil war was started by local groups as part of the grassroots regional "Arab Spring," to oust murderous dictators in the region. This movement actually caught the Obama administration by surprise and it was slow and hesitant to react.

But as the killing intensified among the local players, particularly among civilians, NATO drew up air strike plans to protect the civilian population. Do you seriously believe that before this, LIbya under Ghadaffy was a wonderfully harmonious and peaceful society?!?

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Posted in: Go green or go bipartisan? Biden's big infrastructure choice See in context

Free money without any measurable metrics...

Just like Trump's and other Republican's tax cuts for the rich. What were the "metrics" then?

The government can give people money in two ways: either fiscal spending or tax cuts. It's the same thing at the end of the day. The question is, who deserves financial help? low and mid-income earners, or billionaires?

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Posted in: A minute with Boy George on turning 60, new music and biopic See in context

Boy George is a massive step down in terms of musical ability and songwriting.

He's a fantastic pop songwriter. After 30 years, his hits are still being sung and played by people around the world and will be for the next 100 or so years and beyond. Mark my words.

What's more, I generally respect anyone who writes, performs and records their own music, even if I'm not all that crazy about their music.

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Posted in: Tug-of-war See in context

They are entitled to put their point of view across

And we are entitled to find weakness in their argument and to point that out.

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Posted in: Novartis' nuclear therapy helps men with prostate cancer live longer: data See in context

Get screened every year, guys!

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Posted in: Hurdles remain to getting ex-nurses involved in vaccine rollout See in context

A dearth of doctors and nurses....

That doesn't fully explain it. There was never a great shortage of medical experts before covid. The problem is systemic: Japan's medical system is overwhelmingly in the hands of the private sector, which operates in its own interests, not necessarily in society's.

There are lots of qualified staff, but they are rigidly committed to roles unconnected with the vaccine rollout, unlike the UK' system, which can turn on a dime whenever the govt needs it to.

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Posted in: Minister admits coercing Olympics app developer into cutting costs See in context

Prices of contracts are... agreed on by two sides rationally...,

What? There should have been a public tender for multiple contractors, not one, with the govt choosing the one (from a field of several) offering the best product at the best price. At least, that's how developed countries do procurement.

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Posted in: Toshiba colluded with ministry to undermine shareholders, probe finds See in context

Governments in other countries protect domestic companies specializing in key, sensitive technologies from falling into the hands of foreign vultures.?"

No they don't. Britain did nothing to block the sale of ARM, the world's must influential semiconductor company, to Japan's Softbank, which now wants to hand it off NVIDEA, a US multinational.

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Posted in: Toshiba colluded with ministry to undermine shareholders, probe finds See in context

I don't know why Japanese firms continue to seek foreign investors 

Maybe because the Japanese are among the most aggressive and biggest "foreign investors" in overseas markets? Take a look at Softbank, for one. The Japanese love "globalization," but only when it's a one-way street.

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Posted in: Nationwide bookings eyed for mass vaccination sites in Tokyo, Osaka See in context

"at two state-run mass inoculation centers"

If Japan's public health system were state-owned, "state-run mass inoculation centers" would be in every small community throughout the country, as opposed to just 2 in Tokyo and Osaka. And we would have all been vaccinated by now. Time to reform the system, folks!

And it's not a "mass" program, when only a select minority are eligible.

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Posted in: Suga aims to finish vaccinating Japan's population by November See in context


Japan has a population of roughly 126 million, less than 4 percent of which had been fully inoculated as of Tuesday, a pace that is gradually picking up but still much slower than other industrialized nations including Britain and the United States.


Japan's population is roughly 126 million. Less than 4 percent of people had been fully inoculated as of Tuesday. The pace is gradually picking up but still much slower than in Britain, the United States and other industrialized nations.

What is it with Kyodo news writers? I can't believe they write that way on purpose.

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Posted in: Musk, Bezos, other billionaires avoid U.S. income taxes: report See in context

they will move, relocate do whatever they can to 

They're massively rich because they were born and/or raised/educated in the US (or the UK, Canada, etc.) You'd think they'd show a bit of gratitude, never mind civic responsibility.

But sure, If they want to establish new lives for themselves and their families in, say, Belarus, Guatemala, Mongolia, Bangladesh Latvia, Greenland, Cambodia, or where ever,...then the world's their oyster! Their kids would have a great future far away from Democrat-land, right?

Wouldn't want the door hit them on the way out.

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Posted in: BOJ will not hesitate to ease further if needed, says deputy governor See in context

Why not. The loose policy has worked reasonably well in an unprecedently harsh economic situation. Bring it on!

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Posted in: Major companies, universities apply for on-site vaccinations See in context

why doesn't the gov secure venues and med personnel? It's their job, that's what they're paid for

Not really. Japan's medical system is overwhelmingly owned by the private sector, with most "venues" owned by personnel employed by private groups. The govt administers the insurance system, including payment reimbursements to drug and equipment makers.

The huge private-sector role is a big reason why the rollout is so slow, inefficient and fractured.

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Posted in: Japan's April current account surplus grows six-fold as trade improves See in context

Suganomics is working!! 

Not quite. Nearly all the year on year economic data in nearly all countries around now are showing massive increases. It's due to something called the pandemic, whose economic nadir was around...around a year ago.

The gauge we need to see is a comparison with pre-pandemic levels.

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Posted in: Yokohama begins inoculations at mass vaccination center See in context

Headline should read "at elderly vaccination center."

"mass" is commonly used to mean all the population, as in a "mass evacuation," not for a selected minority of the population, as in the elderly only. Japanese journalists write what the government and big corporations tell them to.

After July 31st, good luck, everyone.

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Posted in: Japan considers sending coronavirus vaccines to Vietnam: report See in context

If the doses are going to be sitting in fridges then it is better for them to be used elsewhere.

How about re-allocating the staff, facilities and logistics services to be used for the Taiwan and Vietnamese projects to the job of getting the vaccines out of the fridges and into our arms?

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Posted in: The $15 billion jet dilemma facing Boeing's CEO See in context

About 15 years ago, I remember seeing a documentary about Boeing's new "radical" change in manufacturing direction, marked by the 787 development. I shook my head back then, thinking, "this can't work" - extensive global outsourcing, relocating factories because local labor was cheap (as opposed to good), becoming an assembler rather than a manufacturer, etc.

A recipe for demise. Good luck, Boeing, you're gonna need it.

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Posted in: Japan considers sending coronavirus vaccines to Vietnam: report See in context

I'm having trouble reconciling Japan's boundless charity to other countries, while only around 3% of the population is fully vaccinated and there is still no specific timetable to inoculate the general population. When do we get it? Next year? Will unvaccinated people die from now and then as a result of the long delay? The answer would have be yes.

I guess Japan's global image and foreign policy objectives are more important than the health. including the life-or-death, of the local population. What else are we supposed to think?

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Posted in: As unpredictable Games loom, Japan's sponsors struggle to adapt See in context

if you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem. They had their chance to pull out, scale back or raise health concerns. Instead, nearly all obediently did what the govt and the Games officials told them, including handing over the highest amount of cash on record by far.

If their association with the Games hurts them, it will be entirely their fault.

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Posted in: Japanese companies opening vaccination sites amid slow national rollout See in context

Japan is such a fragmented society. The central govt should be the one doing all this, so there is a top-down, strong, efficient and centralized vaccine supply chain instead of various authorities and organizations doing their own things for their own groups of people.

One of the great myths is that the Japanese nation pulls together in a crisis. In fact, it pulls itself apart, as shown in Fukushima, Kobe 1995 and the Olympics.

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Posted in: Japan births hit new record low in 2020 See in context

Good news.

A declining number of births is a common trend among rich nations... 

Which is why they're rich.

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Posted in: U.S. gov't finds no evidence aerial sightings were alien spacecraft: New York Times See in context

There's around a billion high-resolution cameras in the world right now, and all the UFO images purported to be aliens are grainy and blurry, mainly in black and white. Seriously, when was the last time you took a blurry black and white photo of anything that wasn't by accident? In the 1950s?

Aliens = hoax.

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Posted in: Some people, opposed to the Tokyo Olympics, are directing their frustration at athletes for not speaking out against the Games, one example being swimming star Rikako Ikee. What do you expect the athletes to do? See in context

In the case of a global pandemic, they need to put the interests of society over their own personal interests, like the rest of us are supposed to do.

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Posted in: Nishimura says TPP to start talks on UK joining pact See in context

 Now the country is joining the TPP and ready to hand over part of its sovereignty ...

Vietnamese, Peruvians and others would not have "free movement" rights in the UK, to mention just one of many examples of how the TPP and EU are distinctly different from each other, particularly when it comes to "sovereignty."

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Posted in: More than 10 million in Japan have received COVID-19 vaccinations so far See in context

The intrepid Japanese journalist who wrote this article did no more than rewrite a government press release.

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Posted in: Man arrested after pushing over woman and her 2 children on bicycle See in context

The most dangerous people on the road are cycling mothers with kids in tow, especially around 830 am or 330 pm., or whenever the preschools open and close.

I often feel like giving them a shove, altho I know I'd be the one the cops would persecute, regardless of whatever traffic violation the women would be committing at the time.

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Posted in: Mass vaccinations in Tokyo, Osaka get into full swing; Kobe opens large center See in context

"mass"? Only a certain segment of the population, a minority, are eligible. That's not "mass".

A "mass evacuation" is when EVERYBODY gets evacuated. I wish Japanese journalists would think rather than parrot the govt's line. Have any also questioned why these facilities are running only 3 months?

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Posted in: BOJ assets quadruple to ¥714.56 tril under Kuroda's aggressive easing See in context

Nope that’s not how it actually works.

So you tell me how it works. Can't? Didn't think so.

Where did those bonds come from?

The government. What's your point?

@ rocknroll

Jeff around 66% ish of J government bonds are snapped up by the Bank of J.

Yes, I guess so. I know the cumulative total is around 45%. The BOJ, a public sector institution, owns nearly half of the "public debt." So why so worried?

From many years back, the deficit hawks predicted skyrocketing rates, skyrocketing inflation, tanking yen, bond market collapse, etc. . I predicted the opposite would occur. How about believing those who got it right rather than those who consistently get it wrong over and over again for many years?

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