JeffLee's past comments

  • -1

    JeffLee

    "They're not blocking, they're just doing how Japan does in Japan's business."

    Fine, then don't enter "free trade" deals. The spirit of these agreements is to find common ground with partners, not to spend all your time making excuses and defending your own interests.

    Posted in: Japan arranging for Amari to visit U.S. for more TPP talks

  • -1

    JeffLee

    "but Japan itself has an actual record of blowing up in the past."

    The last time in 1991 was caused by the financial and real-estate industries. Gov't debt had nothing to do with it.

    "Yen can be converted to any other currency,"

    Yes, and what happens to all that yen after the conversion? (Hint: it doesn't disappear)

    In the past, Japan had capital restrictions, a pegged currency, foreign obligations and the gold standard. Now, it has none of those things.

    Posted in: Japan's population shrinks as elderly make up 25%

  • -2

    JeffLee

    "That's fantastic. Japan alone could bail out any bankrupt entity in the entire world using such proposed practices."

    If the "entity's" obligations are denominated in yen, then yes it could.

    "What could possibly wrong?"

    You tell me. What exactly has "gone wrong" from Japan's very loose monetary policy? (Speculation doesn't count.)

    Posted in: Japan's population shrinks as elderly make up 25%

  • -2

    JeffLee

    "the taxes coming in aren’t quite covering retirement benefits now."

    The don't have to. When the gov't pays a pensioner, it doesn't withdraw money from a fund and makes a bank transfer. It simply electronically credits the pensioner's account with yen that the gov't has the authority to issue. Bingo, money is created.

    For the umpteenth time, Japan's spending is not constrained by tax revenue.

    Posted in: Japan's population shrinks as elderly make up 25%

  • -3

    JeffLee

    "....to help plug a skills gap in the economy."

    This is a myth. Japan has one of the world's most educated populations and well trained workforces, while the labor market is extremely tight. If there was surplus demand, wages would be rising. In fact they've been falling. Utterly illogical.

    Posted in: Only 1 in 7 Japanese scientists are women: study

  • 0

    JeffLee

    2 killed in a head-on, eh?. So we can assume it was one of those small trucks with nothing in front of the windshield. I'm always nervous riding in those things, especially on the highway. Much prefer US style pickup trucks where you sit well back and with the engine up front providing protection.

    Posted in: 2 men killed after truck rear-ended by car

  • 7

    JeffLee

    The furniture should have been Japanese. The multiplier effect would be greater.

    Posted in: RIKEN splashed cash on luxury furniture to use up budget: magazine

  • 0

    JeffLee

    "For you information Jeff most all Highspeed rail in Japan is generating operating profit."

    The "profit" is calculated after thick layers of public funding are striped away. The Shinkansen funding and revenue are a complicated blend of both public and private sources. Lots of development costs, in particular, have come from public money.

    So you pay for it, I pay for, EVERYONE pays for it, well beyond the ticket price. So that 28,000 yen ticket to Osaka, I wonder what the real cost is? 40,000 to 50,000 yen perhaps? Whatever, it's really, really expensive.

    Posted in: Abe takes Kennedy for a ride on maglev train

  • 0

    JeffLee

    "Sadly the majority of large nations have not been able to recognise this, and so is it any wonder the global economy isn't in a better place?"

    The global economy has been in a very bad place because the financial industry wrecked it in 2008. The aggressive actions of the central banks have prevented us from falling into a depression. If they had stopped to worry about inflation, we'd still be stuck in the mire of 2009.

    Posted in: IMF says global economy is recovering

  • 1

    JeffLee

    "Highway roads in the east coast are tolled so that reasoning is flawed."

    The Interstate is overwhelmingly free, apart from some bridges, tunnels and turnpikes. So the reasoning is valid. Tolling them ALL for the sake of supporting a heavily subsidized passenger service -- as Japan has done -- is not acceptable to Americans (and most other people worldwide).

    Japan does pay a steep price for its passenger rail network. One part of that is the vast majority of its cargo travels on diesel-burning trucks, unlike the US where nearly half is transported by environmental-friendly rail, as Japan's capacity is used up for passenger services.

    Posted in: Abe takes Kennedy for a ride on maglev train

  • 0

    JeffLee

    "But we don;t have railroad in Nevada."

    Yes you do. Union Pacific routes run right across the state. Okinawa doesn't have rail either, so what's your point?

    "Not in Southern Calif."

    OK, I've had enough of this. Check your facts and be real before you post. Here, have a look at the map at the link. http://www.mapsofworld.com/usa/usa-rail-map.html

    And here's some more reading for you. http://business.time.com/2012/07/09/us-freight-railroads/

    Posted in: Abe takes Kennedy for a ride on maglev train

  • 0

    JeffLee

    "Where? Which State?"

    Um, USA. Nationwide, along with Canada, whose network is integrated.

    "America’s system of rail freight is the world’s best." http://www.economist.com/node/16636101

    The US has dedicated its network to freight, and its excellent system should not be compromised for the sake of passenger rail. Japan's passenger system works because Japan tolls of all its highways. Americans would never tolerate this and thus the US should ditch this project now.

    Posted in: Abe takes Kennedy for a ride on maglev train

  • 0

    JeffLee

    "USA railroads are too out of dated and slow."

    The USA has the most advanced freight railway network in the world.

    Posted in: Abe takes Kennedy for a ride on maglev train

  • -1

    JeffLee

    The skin is an integral part of the culinary experience. The contrast of the chewy texture and slightly bitter flavor against the soft and sweet inside is a joy to the palate. Some people just don't get it.

    Posted in: How Japan learned to stop worrying and love the peel

  • 0

    JeffLee

    "Thanks to the UAW and NAFTA(Clinton)" "Sadly Perot has never become the president and Clinton dishonoured white house with his dirty cigar."

    NAFTA negotiations got under way in 1986, when Reagan was President. It was signed in 1992, when Bush was president. It was a done deal by the time Clinton got the White House, and he had nothing to do with the agreement's conception or creation.

    Posted in: Mexico overtakes Japan as No. 2 car exporter to U.S.

  • 0

    JeffLee

    "Can US Govt afford???"

    Can the Japanese government afford the Shinkansen? No, but it funds it and runs it anyway.

    Posted in: Abe takes Kennedy for a ride on maglev train

  • 0

    JeffLee

    I don't understand all this fuss about beating jet lag. Just take Melatonin, and you're sorted.

    Posted in: Researchers using math to whittle away at jet lag

  • -1

    JeffLee

    It sounds like it would basically be zero-profit and partially funded by us taxpayers in Japan, given JBIC's involvement.

    Sweet. Japan goes further into debt and/or we pay more taxes so that fewer Americans don't have to fly or drive between Baltimore (!) and Washington. Sounds like a grand idea.

    Posted in: Abe takes Kennedy for a ride on maglev train

  • 0

    JeffLee

    "with a morning departure from Tokyo at 06:20"

    And how does one get to Haneda at the proper time when the trains aren't running? Is there a predawn-hour bus?

    Posted in: HK Express to increase flights to Japan

  • 0

    JeffLee

    The article's premise is flawed: Australia didn't get a "free trade" deal with Japan. Maintaining 800% tariffs on a key crop and export is anything but "free trade."

    If anything, this deal, that saw the Japanese hardly budge at all, gives even more support to the skeptics in Washington who want to play hardball...or no ball at all....with Tokyo.

    Posted in: Australia trade deal gives Japan leverage in TPP talks

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