JeffLee's past comments

  • -6

    JeffLee

    "Basically it's a fairly leveled playing field"

    Massive government support and "level playing" are two starkly conflicting concepts.

    "For the Japan domestic market there is a need."

    What the about the Shinkansen and eventually the Maglev?

    "...mainly minor destinations or the smaller islands of Tokyo"

    The average age of the populations there is about 80. And they're mainly elderly farming and fishing folk, not jetsetters. LOL.

    Posted in: Japan unveils first domestically made passenger jet in four decades

  • 0

    JeffLee

    A stark lesson of what bad immigration policy can do to a country.

    The tragedy is that the policy was based on the false premise of a demographics crisis, which have never occurred anywhere in the industrialized world, including here in Japan, where living standards are actually rising.

    Britain never needed the massive postwar immigration in the first place.

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  • 0

    JeffLee

    "The only thing these three 1950's and 1960's vintage aircraft are good for in the hands of ISIS is to be used as flying bombs"

    The mig-23 entered service in the early 70s and were retired by the Russian air force in 1998. Tests have shown them to have several superior flying characteristics over US f-16 and f/a-18, which the US flies today, including acceleration.

    Mig-23s shot down 2 Israeli pilots flying US aircraft in 1981.

    Posted in: Iraqi pilots training militants to fly captured MiG jets

  • 1

    JeffLee

    "What an embarrassment."

    What are you talking about?!?. The US has the world's most sophisticated and efficient cargo rail network in the world (along with Canada.). Rail logistics in the US is miles ahead of Japan's.

    Posted in: Gov't approves JR Tokai plan to build maglev line

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    JeffLee

    The heavy national pride angle, as opposed to market considerations, is very worrying, especially since I helped fund this as a taxpayer in Japan.

    It's going to be a very, very crowded market after the Chinese and Russians pile in, and Honda, and it's still a pretty small market. I fly a lot in various parts of the world on various types of routes, and I very rarely fly in this class of aircraft.

    Posted in: Japan unveils first domestically made passenger jet in four decades

  • 0

    JeffLee

    They were supposed to serve as wives for the Islamists, since Muslim men (but not women) are free to marry infidels. So how is that going to work? Quickie divorces and then all is forgotten?

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  • -1

    JeffLee

    The Iraqi officer-class trainers were left jobless after the US invaders in 2004 disbanded the military. No wonder they drifted to ISIL, taking their expertise with them.

    Once again, the Obama administration has to respond to all the horrendous mistakes and ignorance committed from 2003 to 2008.

    Posted in: Iraqi pilots training militants to fly captured MiG jets

  • -2

    JeffLee

    Japan's population is declining, so this service will see lower and lower demand, just as the costs get higher and higher.

    The interim, if there's a technological breakthrough with hydrogen or other types of fuels and energies, then this project could end up a massive waste of money and effort.

    The funding seems to be a complex formula of public and private sources, so expect higher taxes.

    Posted in: Gov't approves JR Tokai plan to build maglev line

  • -1

    JeffLee

    "How do you prepare for 3/11?"

    3/11 isn't the major factor. The consumption tax is. It cut consumers's purchasing power right at a very fragile point of the recovery...which has since disappeared.

    Posted in: BOJ to stand pat even as inflation stalls, global markets tumble -sources

  • 0

    JeffLee

    The consumption tax hike is the 2003 invasion of Iraq. The decision-makers at the time were clueless as to how their actions would ripple right through the landscape, seeping into unexpected areas.

    And in its wake, every move they make now - like whether the BOJ needs more stimulus - needs to be a response to the damage they themselves inflicted. We all are now paying the price of their ignorance and bluster.

    Posted in: BOJ to stand pat even as inflation stalls, global markets tumble -sources

  • 0

    JeffLee

    "There actually are a number of such monuments throughout Japan,"

    Are the monuments dedicated to the POWs or other victims of the Japanese, and record their suffering?

    The Heiwajima Kannon shows a Japanese Shinto god, which seems to, um, miss the point. I don't see any image or mention of the POWs, who built "peace island" in the first place.

    Posted in: Ex-U.S. POWs visit Japan, recall horrors of war

  • 0

    JeffLee

    "Just saying. Why should any homeowners be told "if you don't like it, then you should leave""

    Because they live in areas where basically there has never been any no zoning. No doubt, they are happy when that situation benefited them and served their own interests, but now they are learning that it also has drawbacks. "If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen."

    Posted in: New daycare centers held up by residents opposing noisy kids

  • 0

    JeffLee

    "Because, they are jealous about Malala."

    I agree. She is safe in a Western secular country, where she is truly free. No more Sharia Law (unless she chooses), and no more oppression and misery from a primitive and backward-looking creed.

    Posted in: Despite Nobel win, Pakistan's Malala hated by many at home

  • 1

    JeffLee

    "Obama has had Intel given to him over the years, and still he made the wrong calculation on ISIS"

    So who made the right "calculation"? The British? The UN? The Republicans? I don't recall any of Obama's critics shouting about the existence of ISIL before it actually started defeating the much larger units of US-trained Iraqi troops.

    Posted in: Obama, allies plot anti-IS strategy

  • 1

    JeffLee

    But US airports are STILL admitting travelers from the West African countries. Why havent they banned ALL, apart from diplomats and emergency cases?

    Posted in: U.S. gov't says it could have done more on Ebola

  • 1

    JeffLee

    "What strategy?"

    Something to take over from the failed Bush strategy: Iraq's armed forces were supposed to have been battle-ready from about 2006 onward. That was supposed to be the basis of the transition strategy, but Iraq troops immediately crumbled in the face of smaller units of ISIS, despite 10s of billions of us taxpayers' (wasted) money spent on their training.

    So it's back to square one, and Obama needs to fix all the failures of the past....once again. And he needs to come up with something quick. Oh, what a mess.

    Posted in: Obama, allies plot anti-IS strategy

  • 0

    JeffLee

    important research. In the future, the western countries will need to regulate and punish corporations more strictly, to ensure they don't completely undercut their home economies by technology and capital transfers to China, which is after all, a communist dictatorship.

    Posted in: Frenchman Tirole wins Nobel economics prize

  • 1

    JeffLee

    "This is a long Japanese tradition of more than 2,000 years old."

    So theses politicians are truly Shinto believers? They actually believe, for example, that the Japanese islands were created by semen that dripped from the spear of the gods Izanagi and Izanami, as opposed to being formed as the result of prehistoric geological developments?

    "They always forget to mention that more than a thousand war criminals are in fact enshrined"

    Indeed, the B-class ones are the worst, in my book. These were the guys, like torturers and sadistic prison guards, who actually carried out the horrors, usually on their own volition. And naturally, the Japanese narrative completely overlooks this huge group to instead focus on the tiny number of political leaders.

    Posted in: Dozens of lawmakers expected to visit Yasukuni Shrine on Friday

  • 4

    JeffLee

    Was MItsu Dan one of the candidates?

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  • 1

    JeffLee

    "Sad to see the "I'll only respect you if you respect me" stance of the immature."

    Indeed "mutual respect" is such an "immature" concept, isn't it. Sorry if you're offended by it.

    Posted in: Ben Affleck defends Muslims on U.S. TV talk show

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