JJ Jetplane comments

Posted in: Japan's household spending, wage decline cloud economic outlook See in context

What do you expect when you have inflation and no cost of living increase at your job? Then you want to increase the sales tax to further stagnate the economy when its already becoming much more difficult for the average person to afford things.

How about focus on placing pressure on companies to provide a livable wage?

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Posted in: Tokyo expressway to have variable tolls during 2020 Olympics See in context

The other possible side effect is that you are diverting expressway traffic towards the local roads and make transportation a nightmare.

Japan already has the most expensive tolls I have ever seen. An extra ¥1,000 is not cheap.

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Posted in: Ghosn's wife appeals to Trump for help in U.S. media interview See in context

I’m not a fan of Trump and I understand that she is American. However, what she is asking is something that no American President would get involved in. Especially Donald Trump. If he gets involved this would go against his entire America first and make America great again mottos.

There are many Americans, rich and poor, that Trump did not come to the aid of abroad. He would lose a lot of followers she he start helping someone that isn’t American.

Furthermore, he has put Nissan and himself under investigation within the U.S. by the SEC for breach of trust.

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Posted in: Rihanna declared world's richest female musician See in context



Rihanna is a musician. She started out more of a soca artist that went towards reggae until she ultimately blended pop, rock, and r&b, and edm. Furthermore, have you listened to almost all music these days? Do you honestly think they are all original? Musicians sample other musicians all the time. She’s a real musician to me.

Also, she’s not an artist because she shows skin. However, Madonna, one of the pioneers of using sex as her weapon is a respected musician?

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Posted in: Rihanna declared world's richest female musician See in context

What she’s done is an incredible feat. She is valued at more than some incredibly successful people in the business.

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Posted in: Man arrested on suspicion of molesting 11-year-old girl in park toilet See in context

This is atrocious. To relieve his stress? Does he not understand the mental impact he could possibly have on that 11 year old girl? Someone like this should have never been a teacher.

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Posted in: Jay-Z becomes hip-hop's first billionaire See in context

My misinformation. Jay Z is valued at over $1B.

Is he a gangsta? Now. No. Was he? He may have been and growing up in housing projects in New York are not a simple thing.

I have had friends shot by stray bullets just for us hanging out in the lobby. I’ve seen people stabbed and shot in the staircases and elevators.

Making it out of situations like that will always be an amazing feat in my book. It’s easier in life to go down the wrong road than it is to come out on top.

Jay Z isn’t saying he’s a gangster. Does he deserve his billions? It wasn’t given to him. He either earned it or took it so yes he deserves it. He successfully capitalized on opportunities.

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Posted in: Recent murder cases in Japan draw attention to recluses living with aging parents See in context

Can those two cases really form a growing pattern? One was atrocious and premeditated while the other person was only guilty of arguing with people and was killed by his parents for it.

The fact that both were recluses only make things circumstantial.

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Posted in: Jay-Z becomes hip-hop's first billionaire See in context

All these articles keeps saying Jay Z becomes the first hip hop billionaire. They are completely leaving out one very important piece. They are combining the $300+ million that his wife is worth plus the $700+ million that he is worth.

The correct title should be Jay Z and Beyonce become hip hop’s first billionaire couple.

Still what he has accomplished is very impressive coming from housing projects in Brooklyn and selling drugs on the street to an individual with enormous wealth.

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Posted in: Nintendo takes Mario Kart company to court for 2nd time and wins yet again See in context

The funniest part of this is that the company is currently doing a massive recruitment push for employees and expansion.

A lot of people may be out of work soon.

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Posted in: Moped rider injured by air hose stretched across road See in context

Some people have a really sick sense of humor. Someone on a moped could easily have been killed. What would have happened if it was a child riding their bike and didn't see the rope?

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Posted in: Ex-top farm ministry official says Kawasaki attack prompted his murder of son See in context

The Hitler paradox. Is it justifiable to kill an innocent person before they commit a crime?

Regardless of what he thought his son may have done or how much his behavior was beginning to change, what he did was still wrong. Sure, there is a chance he may have saved lives; however, there is the 100% certainty that he killed an innocent man.

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Posted in: Japan business lobby urges sales tax hike to proceed as planned See in context


I am guessing it is because the government is also worried about the rate of growth and amount of its debt. They are making a huge assumption that with this huge increase, the rate of spending and growth would remain at the same level or similar levels and would allow the government to tackle its debt issue more quickly without impacting other government programs.

However, a huge hike in the sales tax rate along with shrinking salaries sounds more like a recipie for disaster.

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Posted in: More efforts sought against hate speech 3 years after law's enactment See in context


I don't think that is the mind set of 50% of the people in Japan. I think most of the people here honestly don't care or carry any opinions about it.

But for remarks like "go back to your home country" are sometimes completely justified. When you have someone sitting around you and continues to bash your country or speak about how much they hate your country and cannot find a single good thing to say about your country, then a remark such as "go back to your home country" is completely justified and isn't coming from a hateful place.

But if you see someone and you simply don't like them in your country and you say something like "go back to your home country," then that is a hateful speech and it comes from a hateful place.

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Posted in: Robert Pattinson picked as the new Batman: report See in context

Was never a fan of Twilight. Only saw part of the first movie. His acting post Twilight has been abysmal. I can't picture him as Batman or being able to bring life with the right emotions as Batman. Ben Affleck was a good Batman and reminded me of the 90's cartoon I watched as a kid. Just put Batman on break. That is what I think is best needed. People will try their best to compare it to the Batman movies with Christian Bale and it won't be fair to him as an actor.

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Posted in: Disgruntled city employee kills 12 in Virginia; suspect also killed See in context

When you say the NRA isn’t to blame because they didn’t pull the trigger, you are right. However, the NRA’s consistent lobbying to protect people’s rights to easily access weapons is a huge problem. Most mass shootings happen with legally purchased fire arms. In some of these states, it is too easy to just walk into a store and purchase a weapon. We need tighter gun control laws that create better and more strict standards for people that do buy guns.

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Posted in: Schoolgirls chase suspected train groper and get timely assist from tripper See in context

"a sense of justice" would be actually giving a helping a hand and not standing by filming the incident.

But the fact that she has been similarly harassed for over a month is the bigger problem.

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Posted in: Offices adding greenery as part of work-style reform See in context

Beings working at 7am.

The time is now 8pm.

Thinking to myself. That plant sure is beautiful. Forget about wanting to go home, this tree helps me to relax while working a 14 hour plus day.

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Posted in: Politician’s birthrate plan: Parents should nag their kids to have at least 3 babies See in context

Want to boost your country’s birth rate? It’s very simple. When people feel like they can actually afford things, have time for themselves, and properly take care of their family, they are more likely to have children. The current work economy does not provide any of these things to most workers so the birth rate will fall. Most people feel they can’t afford to take care of a family and/or they don’t have time to start/raise a family.

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Posted in: R&B singer R Kelly charged with 11 new sex-related counts in Chicago See in context

This has been a long time coming. I just hope proper justice is served this time.

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Posted in: Mother, 4-year-old daughter hit by truck; driver arrested See in context

Took his eyes off the light for a second? One thing I have noticed since living in Japan is that it takes time for the light to go from green for cars to green for pedestrians.

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Posted in: Many Tokyo firms unprepared for Olympic traffic congestion See in context

I don’t think any country is ever ready for the congestion that the Olympics brings. Tokyo is already one of the most populated cities in the world and attracts a lot of tourists. Now add an extra 1 million people.

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Posted in: 16 schoolgirls, 2 adults stabbed in rampage in Kawasaki; 1 child, 1 man dead See in context

This is horrible. Nothing you go through could justify targeting children like this.

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Posted in: Japanese firms resist hiring foreign workers under new immigration law: poll See in context

The results of this survey isn’t shocking. Japan has never been a country that makes immediate changes. Also, they would most likely prefer to increase the workload of the current staff than have to risk bringing in foreign staff. Japanese people tend to be fearful of breaking from the norm.

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Posted in: Same-sex couples start registering marriages in Taiwan See in context

Congratulations to the newlyweds. You should be able to love and marry whomever you choose.

On a side note. Brilliant tourism plan by Taiwan.

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Posted in: Man stabbed by woman in Tokyo apartment See in context


I don’t know about Japan; however, in New York, if you stab someone with a blade longer than 3 inches above their knees is considered attempted murder if the person doesn’t die.

Also, it’s considered a charge and not a conviction. Furthermore, she has admitted to trying to kill him. The attempted murder charge sounds correct.

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Posted in: Man arrested on suspicion of paying 2 high school girls for sex See in context



National laws and prefecture laws are different.

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Posted in: Man arrested on suspicion of paying 2 high school girls for sex See in context

Why does everyone want to give the same amount of liability to the underaged girls. At the end of the day, he’s a grown man and should have known better.

I don’t care how amazing an underaged girl looks or what they say, I would never touch that person.

Regardless of whether the girls get off free or not, he’s 42 and should have known better than to take that risk

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Posted in: Indonesian man sues after being sent home for lack of Japanese skills See in context

They never said when he was released/forced to return home. That will play a large part in the case.

Someone can’t be released without taking reasonable steps to correct their actions first. So the company will have to prove they took reasonable steps to improve his Japanese.

They were pleased enough with his Japanese ability to offer him a 3 year deal.

The events in this case took place before the new laws and programs were in place.

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Posted in: Former KAT-TUN singer admits to marijuana use See in context

That photo is misleading. The photo would lead you to believe they committed murder.

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