JeffLee's past comments

  • 11

    JeffLee

    "the target of the bombing was a military installation, not a city."

    Japanese bombers also ripped into plenty of cities and residential areas, including Singapore, leaving lots of civilians burnt to death in their homes. At the time, the Japanese cheered at the news and to this day, most just shrug to get defensive when such actions are brought up.

    Abe would be a very busy man if he had to lay wreaths in every city where Japanese aircraft targeted civilians.

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  • 20

    JeffLee

    Anything that could disrupt the Japanese-as-victim narrative must be nipped in the bud. Otherwise, the public might start asking some uncomfortable questions.

    Posted in: Abe has no plans to visit Pearl Harbor; Obama offers condolences over Okinawan woman's murder

  • 0

    JeffLee

    "Doesn't change the fact that Korean HSR ridership is the same as Joetsu."

    Yeah, it does. Lower ridership can be justified by lower overheads. Competitive bidding lowers costs and creates transparency, two qualities the Shinkansen clearly lacks.

    Does Korean HSR stretch into chronically depopulated farming regions, where the average age is 80, on elevated dedicated track...which is wickedly expensive?

    As for your numbers, since researching this matter, I learned not to take JR East numbers at face value.

    Here's what "bustling" Joestsu Station, a regional hub, looks like these days.

    http://tinyurl.com/gvanwlu

    Posted in: Residents' group files lawsuit seeking halt to maglev construction

  • 0

    JeffLee

    Clearly, they know about the situations in southern Thailand, Philippines, Aceh, etc., not to mention places like Belgium, and are scared of having their own homegrown insurgency.

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  • 6

    JeffLee

    "Perhaps most Japanese people are like the rest of the world and are complex, emotional individuals who have a variety of opinions on any given subject?"

    Not when it comes to this topic. They are subjected to relentless indoctrination that doesnt tolerate alternative views. Kinda like they were in the 1930s for another certain cause. Kinda ironic, no?

    " It is easy to google a list of Americans who actually participated in WWII as high ranking officials, saying that dropping the bombs had nothing to do with ending the war."

    Participated in WW2 , but not in the decision-marking behind the bomb. They were out of the loop, like Eisenhower over in Europe waging conventional war.

    Anyway, many of them favored burning more and more Japanese cities to the ground using incendiaries or a full land invasion, which would have cause far more destruction and death for the Japanese. These military commanders you cite weren't peaceniks, I can assure you.

    Context is the enemy of the revisionist.

    Posted in: Obama's Hiroshima visit looks to future amid charges of selective amnesia

  • 0

    JeffLee

    "Interesting, so I guess the Korean HSR is in the same situation..."

    Weren't the contracts to build Korea's HSR lines done through open tender, with foreign firms invited and winning a portion of the contracts?

    Well, that would make it a starkly different "situation" from Japan's Shinkansen, where the work is ringfenced by the JR East dictatorship and corrupt politicians ordering that lines run to their rural hometowns.

    Posted in: Residents' group files lawsuit seeking halt to maglev construction

  • 1

    JeffLee

    "I am sure that there were PLENTY of people who thought Japan's shinkansen were a boondoggle, a waste, a money loser, etc. etc. ad nauseum."

    Much of it is. One example is the line to Niigata, which then prime minister Kakei Tanaka - a notoriously corrupt Niigata native -- arranged built. A foreign photographer a few years took a ride on a weekday on the Joetsu and photographed plenty of empty carriages and stations.

    Posted in: Residents' group files lawsuit seeking halt to maglev construction

  • -1

    JeffLee

    tennis is very much an individual sport. it has little to do with the players' country, and the players don't play for their country, the exception being the Davis Cup. The nationalistic types just dont get it.

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  • -1

    JeffLee

    "Are you saying they're using public funds?"

    Yes. The Japanese govt and stakeholders play a smoke and mirrors game over profitability and public investment when it comes to JR. Funding is a complex - as well as opaque -- mixture public and private sources, although the stress is always on the latter.

    Every now and then, evidence surfaces, such as an NHK news item that mentioned "Shinkansen" allocations in the government's general spending budget a couple of years ago.

    No, this is not a conspiracy theory. The same was done with Kansai International Airport. Government officials were referring to the operator as a "private company" whereas a few smart but confused people in the media pointed out in fact it was a govt entity. It's like, hello? Reality?

    The true price of your ticket to Osaka is a lot higher than 28,000 yen.

    Posted in: Residents' group files lawsuit seeking halt to maglev construction

  • 0

    JeffLee

    "The plaintiffs aren't paying the construction costs."

    We all pay for these projects, in one form or another. Income taxes, expressway tolls, car acquisition tax, JR ticket prices, you name it.

    Posted in: Residents' group files lawsuit seeking halt to maglev construction

  • -2

    JeffLee

    "Lew did express concern, however, over Japan’s plan to raise its sales tax, to 10% from the current 8 percent, in April 2017."

    Of course he did. It flies in the face of Abenomics, not to mention common sense. A sweeping tax hike together with stimulus makes zero sense, fiscally speaking.

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  • 3

    JeffLee

    "Japan’s purpose in going to war was largely dictated by security."

    Same with the Nazis. They believed Germany -- reeling from hyper inflation, industrial collapse and crushing foreign debts-- was under threat from all sides, including by an international Jewish conspiracy.

    The Japanese held the same paranoid, ultra-nationalist and supremacist views. That's why they rounded up and mass murdered the ethnic Chinese populations in the various SE Asian countries. In Singapore, they dragged them on to the beach and beheaded them ISIS-style. All in the name of "security."

    "And yet Japan has been apologizing all these years."

    Yeah, it just ain't fair.

    Posted in: A-bomb survivors want Obama to meet them, apologize in Hiroshima

  • 0

    JeffLee

    "the supposition that an agrarian Japan would be likely to come under the Western boot was not rocket science."

    The Western powers never made any serious attempts to colonize Japan. It had no natural resources. They weren't interested. Anyway, by the mid-20 century, the era of large land-grabs was over....except by the Japanese.

    Posted in: A-bomb survivors want Obama to meet them, apologize in Hiroshima

  • 1

    JeffLee

    "The Middle East was destroyed by the US as revenge for 9/11."

    So in the lead-up to 9/11, the Middle East was fine and dandy? Oh, hang on, the region was home to the 9/11 mass murderers, indeed a whole viper's nest of dangerous folks....BEFORE the US caused all the problems, right. But surely that would portend a serious problem. But the US wasn't there yet.

    So what could have provoked 9/11 then...if the problem is about POST 9/11 revenge by the US. I'm... really....confused.

    Think, people.

    Posted in: Japan to accept 150 Syrian university students over 5 years

  • 3

    JeffLee

    "They will obviously be from elite families and had a good education..."

    Just like all the 9/11 bombers, who were elite engineering students in Germany. There is no correlation between socio-economic background and radicalization.

    "Refugee quotas should be determined by how much a country was involved in starting and spreading the war(s) and the amount of arms sales. So basically 99% go to America and Israel."

    That's pretty funny. 50% to Saudi Arabia. 30% to the East Bloc (where their ak-47s and rocket launchers came from), and the rest can go live in Assad's palace or on George Bush's ranch in Texas.

    "Syria is not Japan's responsibility."

    It's not Sweden's responsibility, either.

    Posted in: Japan to accept 150 Syrian university students over 5 years

  • 1

    JeffLee

    "Jeff, so how have govt mandated testing methods actually helped?"

    You would have to take a time machine to late 19th century London to find out. The city was covered in black soot, smokestacks belched thick clouds of black smoke, the river water was filled with raw sewage and stank from miles away, and life for 90% of the population was hell on a blackened earth.

    But hey, No wonder, private companies were basically allowed to do whatever they wanted at the time.

    Things only improved after the government stepped in with, yes, your hated regulations that mandated such evil things as testing methods. Oh, the horror.

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  • 1

    JeffLee

    "You know, these comments just give Trump and the likes ammunition."

    You know, these incidents (if it does turn out to be committed by a certain demographic living in France) just give Trump and the likes ammunition.

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  • 0

    JeffLee

    @fxgai

    "but the term "waste of money" exists because...not all money spent is spent in an effective, productive manner."

    Like salaries for doctors, nurses, school teachers and people who build our roads and rail networks? The useless scroungers!

    "I have seen government spending result in 10 people standing around "directing traffic" at an otherwise virtually deserted intersection."

    They would have been employees of a construction company and under its supervison, which is a private sector entity. The private sector IS indeed rife with waste, isn't it.

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  • -1

    JeffLee

    "The government does have a grip on business through its myriad of regulations...."

    Like the ones on automakers' fuel efficiency data? oops!

    "The harsh reality is that business is business. It exists to make profits for the owners..."

    And Henry Ford, Karl Marx and other insightful folks pointed out the inherent contradiction in that aspect of capitaism: workers are consumers. If they don't have spending money, they ain't gonna spend, and hence your cherished "business" goes OUT of business.

    "Were companies then faced with labour shortages, and increasing the price of labour (wages) would attract (or retain) more labour supply, "

    Nice theory, but it's not happening in the real world. Companies are crying about a "skills shortage." Yet they are only willing to pay 10 bucks an hour for machine tool operators. A smart person would delve into the dynamics behind that contradiction, rather than spouting a tired, old theory that is simply out of step with events taking place in the real world.

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  • -1

    JeffLee

    "This command and control over the market is killing their economic freedom."

    You've got the situation backward and upside down. If the govt had "command and control" why would it be making this appeal to the private sector in the first place?

    The wage gap is a symptom of a couple of free market labor reforms. Companies are earning higher and higher profits, and are increasingly able to hoard their earnings instead of sharing them with the people whose work created those earnings.

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