JeffLee's past comments

  • 8

    JeffLee

    Israel is an oasis of democracy and tolerance in an otherwise basket-case of a region. However, its settlements policy is unacceptable, and the US administration is right to criticize it.

    Posted in: Israeli leader lashes back at harsh U.S. criticism

  • 8

    JeffLee

    I remember the version of "womenonics" touted way back when she was betrothed in the 90s. Everyone said it was a sign Japan was changing, finally starting to recognize smart, well educated women and that Masako would shine light on the imperial household and be an inspiration for other Japanese women.

    I dismissed the idea at the time, and everyone told me I was wrong.

    Posted in: Recovering crown princess attends 1st imperial banquet in 11 years

  • 0

    JeffLee

    Strange marketing angle. Most makers of processed food try to project an image of naturalness. This campaign seems to emphasize the fact that the instant coffee product is indeed synthetic or artificial.

    Posted in: Nestle 'hiring' 1,000 robots to sell espresso machines

  • 0

    JeffLee

    "Why is the incidence twice as high in the USA as in the rest of the world?"

    The stat isn't about "incidence." It's a ranking and is perhaps because a smaller portion of Americans die of stomach and lung cancers, than say the Japanese. Both those cancers are largely caused by things you put in your mouth.

    So it seems the Japanese ingest plenty of dangerous substances, maybe more than the Americans.

    Posted in: New home test shakes up colon cancer screening

  • 1

    JeffLee

    "This is not done in the countries with public swimming pools."

    The water at swimming pools is filtered by an extensive array of sophisticated hi-tech equipment, which must confirm to health and safety regulations. The water is tested regularly and frequently, usually by staff with degrees or diplomas in subjects like sports science.

    Any evidence of contamination must be immediately reported to authorities.

    The standards at rural Japanese inns doesn't even come close to this.

    Posted in: 5 tips for staying healthy while traveling in Japan this winter

  • 1

    JeffLee

    "....a seething petri dish of bacteria."

    Another thing to consider is that many onsen advertise the supposed curative benefits of the water. That means they are catering to people who are sick or otherwise suffering from diseases.

    Posted in: 5 tips for staying healthy while traveling in Japan this winter

  • 1

    JeffLee

    His father was Libyan. How come we don't hear about him?

    Posted in: Ottawa gunman made video before attack

  • 2

    JeffLee

    @CH3CHO

    Good point. Put another way, a deficit in the public sector is matched by equivalent surpluses elsewhere. The debt hawks have not got around to figuring out where that surplus might lie. They live in a one-dimensional world, and sadly we all must pay for their short-sightedness.

    Posted in: Senior gov't official calls for Abe to delay sales tax hike

  • 0

    JeffLee

    The future...is coal.

    Posted in: Japan coal power plant export push hits U.S. resistance

  • -1

    JeffLee

    A "limited time"?! What's the point of that? So you start to develop a liking for 'em, and then the place stops selling them?!? I've been subjected to such "campaigns" in Japan before.

    It's frustrating, and so the best thing is not to take part in the first place.

    Posted in: Venison burgers and hot dogs coming to Becker's fast food chain

  • 1

    JeffLee

    "Do you know what a ponzi scheme is?"

    Well, since you prefer simplistic analogies, try this one out: imagine a Ponzi scheme where the fund manager has the ability to issue his own commonly accepted currency, basically at will, and can also purchase back his debt in exchange for the currency...that he creates. And that debt, by the way, is held nearly all by him (!) and people and institutions he has the sole authority to regulate.

    How exactly would a Ponzi like that ever hit the wall? If you answer because the currency eventually becomes worthless, then you'll have to explain why the yen remains one of the world's hardest currencies....and a "safe haven" currency among global traders to boot.

    Posted in: Quiet critic of Kuroda's 'monetary shamanism' turns up the volume

  • 0

    JeffLee

    "....and you are a guy who reads stock market reports most days."

    That's because my job requires it. I get paid to write about business and economics in Japan. What's your profession?

    ".... to someone as obviously supremely intelligent and failsafe at predicting the future as you?"

    Do you want me to apologize for being correct? I never said I was intelligent, but I did major in econ and one thing I took away from it is that public finance in soverign economies like Japan or the US is distinctly different from household finance. When people assume otherwise, that private debt is like fiscal debt, well, then they tend to make wrong predictions. Not that it hurts their credibility among the economically illiterate.

    Posted in: Quiet critic of Kuroda's 'monetary shamanism' turns up the volume

  • 0

    JeffLee

    "but he's surely not as knowledgeable as some of the spreadsheet wizard accountants here at Japan Today!"

    That day that interest rates in Japan skyrocket, or any of his hackneyed "predictions" come true, is the day you can call him "knowledgeable."

    "But then what would the Germans know about it..."

    The Germans are idiots when it comes to monetary policy. They gave up having their own central bank! handing control to Brussels. The mark was an awesome currency, which was the backbone of their postwar success. The euro experiment has left them totally screwed and bogged down deeper than Japan, perhaps forever.

    Posted in: Quiet critic of Kuroda's 'monetary shamanism' turns up the volume

  • 2

    JeffLee

    "I don't want to hear the sad story of how "poverty" leads to peole acting this way,"

    Indeed, he was from a wealthy background, and attended private schools. The problem is the supremacist and intolerant creed that he shared with millions of other West-hating bigots around the world.

    Posted in: Canadian soldier, gunman dead in parliament attack

  • -1

    JeffLee

    "Yet."

    It's always "yet," isn't it. Well, keep moving your goal posts back further and further and further. Whatever you do, don't give up your flawed and outdated ideology, which has yet to get any of its predictions right.

    "The situation is a lot like the sinking of the Titanic."

    LOL. Not it isn't. We're talking about modern public finance, whose dynamics are utterly disconnected to the sinking of a passenger ship early in the 20th century.

    Again, admire people who are right, not people who conveniently satisfy your preconceived notions.

    Posted in: Quiet critic of Kuroda's 'monetary shamanism' turns up the volume

  • 1

    JeffLee

    "If people have a first language that isn't English it's not an issue."

    Today around half the school kids in the central capital are that way. You said this immigration trend is not a "new phenomena." My posts refute your argument, pointing out the numbers have never been anywhere near this high. Well, now that's cleared up, you can admit you were wrong.

    Posted in: Why Britain is losing its fight against radicalisation

  • -7

    JeffLee

    Yawn. The same old warnings about high inflation, "unmanagable" debt, bond sell-offs, rocketing interest rates, etc. Only one problem, folks: none of these scenarios have ever materialized.

    Maybe you posters should start congratulating him once something he says actually comes true. Or.... you could congratulate me instead, since all of my predictions on this board concerning monetary-fiscal policy and the direction of Japan's economy have been true. Check the archive if you don't believe me.

    Posted in: Quiet critic of Kuroda's 'monetary shamanism' turns up the volume

  • 6

    JeffLee

    No, buddy, it's religion. The promise of 49 virgins in heaven IS a codified part of the religion. So is the sexual double standard of allowing Muslim men to cavort with infidel women while keeping unmarried Muslim women chaste, which is common throughout the Islamic world, like Manchester.

    Posted in: Joining Islamic State is about sex and aggression, not religion

  • 2

    JeffLee

    As the US (and Canada!) takes in more and more Muslim refugees and immigrants, these cases will become commonplace in the future. These impressionable kids are raised by a creed that is essentially anti-Western, so what do you expect?

    Perhaps revised regulations on passport issuance and deportation are in order?

    Posted in: FBI: Denver teenage girls may have tried to join jihadis

  • 0

    JeffLee

    "Open markets" don't work for developed countries, anyway. They work in theory, but not in practice.

    Posted in: U.S. urges Japan to be bolder in opening markets

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