JeffLee's past comments

  • -2

    JeffLee

    @Pandabelle

    "Pretty sure ANA has a better handle on what makes them more money than you do."

    You clearly don't understand the background to airliner procurement in Japan. Japan acquires aircraft based largely on to what extent its suppliers secure work on them. These are the corporate profits I'm taking about. The airlines aren't fully free to choose the aircraft it flies: the ministry of transport officials actively "assist" in making that decision.

    Japan until very recent gave Boeing a market share in excess of 90%, unprecedented for a major nation. Airbus has since agreed to give more work to the Japanese suppliers in order to get in on the market. The more the aircraft, the more the profits for Japanese suppliers.

    There, now you have been enlightened.

    Posted in: ANA orders three Boeing 787-10 Dreamliners

  • -2

    JeffLee

    "Maybe they wouldnt be able to get every 747 fully loaded for each flight"

    Yeah, they were usually fully loaded. The one that crashed in Gumma killed 520 people on board, nearly double the capacity of a 787.

    It would surely be more efficient to just use one 747 rather than 2 787s on the busiest routes, since the 747s are still being produced with much more efficient engines and technologies than before.

    The airliner sales and procurement business is quite corrupt, especially in Japan. So I imagine this is more about corporate profits than any environmental concerns.

    Posted in: ANA orders three Boeing 787-10 Dreamliners

  • 3

    JeffLee

    No surprise. Japanese culture doesn't give much importance to sleep. Houses and especially apartments often dont have proper bedrooms with thick walls. I see young children out at restaurants at 9 or 10 p.m. on weeknights.

    Some of my Japanese work colleagues also stay up til the early hours during the business week just watching mindless TV, for god knows what reasons, since they seem to feel so rotten the next day.

    Posted in: Japanese people on the whole are facing chronic sleep deprivation -- and I think the situation is very close to hitting its limits. This in turn has a connection to other problems, such as decreasing concentration and performance, as well as traffic and industrial accidents.

  • -4

    JeffLee

    "....debt servicing costs are eating up 26% of all tax revenue collected."

    It's not being "eaten up." It's flowing into a variety of accounts held by the Japanese public sector, individuals and businesses as income and revenue. It's not a deadweight. This wrong-headedness is why none of the predictions about Japan having a debt crisis have happened, despite the ballooning debt size.

    "US is forcing Japan to buy US treasury every year,"

    No, it isn't. Japan earns lots of dollars in trade every year. The people holding dollars as a result need to park all that greenback, and Treasuries are one of most convenient places to do that. Same with China.

    Posted in: Japan reports lackluster inflation, spending data for February

  • 0

    JeffLee

    ".....and all you need to do is open it up and set the tray and net in place to get grilling."

    Err. no. You have to light the carcoal and then ensure it's doing an even burn. That can take some time and it's hit and miss. I've had a few duds among those brickets. Really frustrating.

    They should have used gas.

    Posted in: Solo BBQ grill

  • 0

    JeffLee

    'Silly, shallow, and negative.'

    Not at all. Princess Masako was chastised by the imperial household shortly after her marriage for walking with her husband in public, as opposed to behind him.

    Posted in: A walk in Shibuya

  • 2

    JeffLee

    "It's a personal service."

    It's also a failed business model. Also, in this day and age, it's imprudent to give out your personal details to strangers. There has long been an industry in Japan of buying and selling personal data lists.

    Posted in: Furniture magnate fails to oust daughter in family feud

  • 5

    JeffLee

    I tried to get inside one of them stores once, but at the entrance they stopped me and demanded I write down my name and other personal info.

    I told them to sod off, and left, never to return.

    Posted in: Furniture magnate fails to oust daughter in family feud

  • -4

    JeffLee

    "Rather, most are mocking the BOJ and Abenomics for believing 2% inflation was even possible...."

    No one predicted the plunge in crude oil, an event that occurred from forces outside the government's control. so go head and "mock" the people not responsible if it gives you a warm and fuzzy feeling.

    While incremental measurements, like monthly CPI figures, may trigger knee-jerk reactions among drum-beaters with attention-deficit issues, in the longer and maybe even the medium term they are an extremely positive trend for Japan, which needs to import all of it.

    "....meaning that the government has to borrow anything above what current revenues provide."

    Ah, "borrow," so you mean it issues bonds, which are then bought by the BOJ, whose int payments go back to the ministry of finance as revenue. Meanwhile, interest payments on the outstanding bonds flow into our pension funds, pensioners' bank accounts, and the coffers of businesses(as income) and government (as revenue)?

    Ah yeah, the making of a debt crisis, alright. LOL.

    Posted in: Japan reports lackluster inflation, spending data for February

  • 2

    JeffLee

    I luv it! Sad to see it go.

    Posted in: Hit British show 'Downton Abbey' to end after sixth season

  • -1

    JeffLee

    The slide in oil prices was pronounced February and was thus a major factor keeping the CPI down. Unless you think high energy prices is a good thing, this news is not really as disastrous as many of you make out.

    Posted in: Japan reports lackluster inflation, spending data for February

  • 1

    JeffLee

    When I fly to Vietnam, ANA is often the cheapest. Bonus!

    Posted in: ANA receives SKYTRAX's highest 5-star rating for 3rd consecutive year

  • 0

    JeffLee

    "So how could deny re-entry of your own citizens?"

    The UK doesn't allow British subjects to reside there if they have foreign spouses but dont have a job in the UK that pays a certain minimum salary. If they can legally do that to law-abiding people, then they can bar entry to killers and terrorists, I'm sure.

    Posted in: Australia stops third teenager headed for Middle East jihad

  • 1

    JeffLee

    @USNinJapan2

    "If there really was only one person in the cockpit behind a locked door on the final phase of this flight, then protocols were indeed violated."

    In the USA. In Europe, the protocols can be different.

    Posted in: Report says one pilot locked out of cockpit before Germanwings crash

  • 1

    JeffLee

    "The White House and the airline chief said there was no sign that terrorism was involved"

    That's an odd stance to take. At this point, there are no signs of anything that can be pinpointed. The authorities need to be open minded at the early stage -- when the cause is still a complete mystery.

    Posted in: Black box recovered from Airbus crash site in French Alps; 150 dead

  • 2

    JeffLee

    "The questions is why are they educated in the West and wanting to join some terror group?"

    For many, a good portion of their education is Islamic. Their schools and mosques tell them they are different and superior and introduce them to the concept of Jihad, as outlined in the Koran. It's a very effective springboard ideology to toxic fundamentalism.

    It's also a symptom of "multi-culturalism" in Western countries.

    Posted in: Australia stops third teenager headed for Middle East jihad

  • 0

    JeffLee

    "The euro/yen rate is up a bit more than only a bit"

    April 10, 2013 = 130.11 Today = 131.07

    Once again, I said, "up just a bit."

    "There are better examples of crappy currencies to compare the yen against."

    Canadian dollar? April 10, 2013 = 98.6. Today 95.4.

    Yep, a real, chronic nosedive in the yen there, folks. LOL.

    Posted in: Aso urges BOJ to be mindful of weak-yen risks

  • -1

    JeffLee

    A great portion of the yen's "decline" is really the dollar shooting up on the strong US economy.

    No need for all the hand-wringing in Japan. Against the euro, the yen is up only a bit from 2 years ago.

    Posted in: Aso urges BOJ to be mindful of weak-yen risks

  • 2

    JeffLee

    The concrete power poles where I live on encroach a meter or 2 into the streets! One work colleague after drinking was killed when he collided head-on into one on his bike. A friend's kid broke his foot on one while cycling, ending his promising baseball endevours.

    I am constantly forced to swerve into traffic while going past them. It's really hairy when a bus decides to pass right at that point. This issue about more than being "ugly." It's about proper civil engineering, especially in a city where boulevards are rare outside the landmark areas.

    Posted in: Tokyo considers removing overhead power lines in run-up to 2020 Olympics

  • 0

    JeffLee

    An old-fashioned premise, and another doomsday scenario that won't happen. US workers have increased their productivity in the last few years only to see their wages stagnate and rich become super-duper rich.

    The new world order is marked by globalization and inequality. So the only way for workers to want to get a fair share is through political leverage. Massive civil disobedience over TPP would be a start.

    Posted in: Japan productivity gains key to staving off decline: McKinsey Global Institute

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