JeffLee comments

Posted in: Myanmar police crack down on protests; at least 5 dead See in context

How long will the west stand by and watch this happen?

The west? The US announced sanctions a week ago, targeting junta members's financial interests. Japan, by contrast, has announced nothing apart from recommending "discussions" between the 2 sides.

The Japanese are the biggest investors in Myanmar by far, bigger than all others combined, and will not do anything that risks their huge financial stake in the sanctions.

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Posted in: As an increasing number of people use motorcycles to avoid the three Cs -- closed spaces, crowded places and close-contact settings -- amid the coronavirus pandemic, the initiative is also aimed at creating an inviting environment for motorcyclists. See in context

Private cars are also good when carrying family members. How about an incentive for them as well to ease the crowding on trains and buses, which has nearly returned to its crushing level of the pre-Covid era.

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Posted in: Are bidet-type toilets a health hazard? See in context

Using warm water to clean one's body is unnatural?

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Posted in: Nikkei plunges over 1,200 points to below 29,000; biggest drop in 4 years See in context

Long term interest rates go higher because investors think there will be more inflation ahead due to an economic boom in the US triggered by massive stimulus plus a solid recovery from covid. That reduces the risk premium of stocks, so the investors get out of stocks. It seems like a short term trend, as the economic recovery will eventually lead to higher earnings for companies, and then watch stocks rise again. The lesson: buy now, when prices are at bargain level.

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Posted in: Japan set to halt new development aid to Myanmar: report See in context

Japan only cares about its corporations' massive investment in the country, which is more than any other country's combined.

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Posted in: Athletes will be in the athletes' village, and their quarantine can be managed, but it will be difficult to manage and isolate foreign tourists in the same way. See in context

Foreign tourists? It is heartening to know that international travel will be back on track in Japan by this summer. I'm dying to get away to a tropical beach in Thailand.

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Posted in: Nissan ex-CEO tells Japanese court Ghosn's pay was too low See in context

An American, he has been charged with financial misconduct in failing to fully disclose Ghosn's future compensation.

I'm no tax accounting expert, but such future compensation was non-existent at that point in time. So it's illegal to conceal something that doesn't exist? That's a very onerous obligation, it seems to me.

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Posted in: Tokyo 2020 chief says gender equality efforts as important as virus containment See in context

defeat covid first, and then worry about "gender equality."

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Posted in: Toyota begins building smart city near Mt Fuji See in context

I checked Toyota's PR and it stated, “using traditional Japanese wood joinery." So some of this project reflects a certain amount of nationalistic pride, rather than being just about science, technology and efficiency. There's a reason modern joinery superseded the old types - because it's better. It's called evolution.

And nary a mention made of the buildings' thermal performance, which should be a priority, given the tendency of homes here to leak energy like sieves, becoming freezing inside in winter, boiling hot in summer and gobbling up unnecessary amounts of energy.

Other Japanese "smart cities" have been criticized for little more than commercial showcases for selling electricity-consuming Japanese gadgets. This appears little different.

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Posted in: Concerns mount over trace app for potential foreign Olympic fans See in context

Why isn't the company named or at least the companies that put in bids. Some info on the tender would be good too, as this story almost indicates an opaque selection process.

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Posted in: Osaka firm accused of helping Vietnamese work illegally See in context


They didn't come to Japan illegally (information garnered from the article) 

Not come, but staying illegality -- "she came to Japan in March last year on a temporary visitor's visa."

= tourist.


Vietnam is one of the poorest nations on earth and is the cheapest.

No it isn't.

Worldbank: "Vietnam’s development over the past 30 years has been remarkable. Economic and political reforms under Đổi Mới, launched in 1986, have spurred rapid economic growth, transforming what was then one of the world’s poorest nations into a lower middle-income country."

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Posted in: Osaka firm accused of helping Vietnamese work illegally See in context

Poor people, they were just trying to get by.

They come from the world's fastest growing economy, (which has also done the world's best job at fighting the coronavirus), with a jobless rate of around 2%. They came to Japan illegally because they wanted to make more money than they could at home.

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Posted in: Osaka firm accused of helping Vietnamese work illegally See in context

What a Kafkaesque hell.

Which can happen when you illegally enter a country (as a tourist but for the sole purpose of working). People who do that need to realize that what they are doing is not only illegal but highly risky.

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Posted in: Japan considers creating waiting lists for COVID-19 vaccine: Kono See in context

Kono also cast doubt on the idea of using COVID-19 vaccine certification for official purposes, including using it as a kind of vaccine passport to permit international travel, saying to do so would discriminate against those who cannot be inoculated... because of allergy.

Oh, for crying out loud. What an insane idea. Let's have a medical expert, and not a politician, in charge of this program.

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Posted in: New documentary paints disturbing picture of Woody Allen See in context

The courts can be manipulated.

That's not an issue. The Child Sexual Abuse Clinic of Yale–New Haven Hospital determined that Allen did NOT molest Dylan, after a month-long investigation.

If Allen can "manipulate" that kind of process, - not once but twice - then he has more power than anyone on Earth.

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Posted in: Japanese citizen injured in Paris acid attack See in context

There is currently no information on the assailants....

Why not? There were at least three witnesses, according to the story.

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Posted in: New documentary paints disturbing picture of Woody Allen See in context

The film strongly implies that he might have successfully derailed the two official investigations....

If you make that kind of allegation, you need proof and evidence. "Implying" and "might" aint gonna cut it. Or it shouldn't cut it. Sadly, today we live in a time when people's feelings supersede evidence and proof, as seen with Trump's "stop and steal campaign," the Yewtree probe's attempt to destroy the reputations of innocent men and other purges.

Prove it with evidence or shut up.

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Posted in: There will be demand for travel during the spring school holidays in March, so we should think of doing a Go To campaign to properly support the tourism industry then. See in context

Household income is really strong, with the median figure seeing a big increase, so an incentive travel scheme isn't really needed.

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Posted in: Suga refuses to move into official residence despite criticism See in context

I dont get it. The official PM's residence is a huge modern glass clad structure built in 2002, not a 1929 structure.

I see it often on NHK news.

Sell both properties if they aren't being used. Use the proceeds to fund more recreational and greenery projects in the capital. And let the PMs live in their own little apartments.

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Posted in: Japanese airman, U.S. instructor killed in training jet crash in U.S. See in context

killing two people aboard including a member of the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force...

How about writing instead, "killing a member of the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force and his American instructor.

Nah, why bother.

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Posted in: Nuclear reactor suspensions produce inexperienced plant workers See in context

This report doesn't make much sense. If there are a lot fewer reactors online since Fukushima, maybe less than half,?, then there should be a surplus of labor, not a shortage.

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Posted in: Suga says G-7 leaders gave unanimous support for holding Olympics this summer See in context

There will a point in time soon when it will be too late to cancel, for political and logistical reasons, etc., even if the science says it must be cancelled or very radically scaled back for the sake of public health. This is going to be interesting.

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Posted in: Japanese companies shun blanket wage hikes amid coronavirus pain See in context

They refused to give substantive wage hikes pre-COVID, while they earned record high profits and suffered from a severe labour shortage. Why would they give hikes now?!?

The wage-suppression model is part and parcel of neo-liberal style globalization, which in Japan is a result of the market reforms everyone (except me) was cheering about. Hello?

Meanwhile the BOJ folks are scratching their heads over why inflation stubbornly remains so woefully low. LOL.

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Posted in: Mori Building, Aman Resorts conclude partnership for major development in heart of Tokyo See in context

I assumed the grand Mori vision of cramming vast numbers of people and businesses in tall towers was dead, killed by COVID.

They may suffer a dearth of tenants in the post-covid world, as people seeki literally greener pastures and space and safety.

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Posted in: How a 22-year-old woman helped bring down Mori See in context

People like us, here on JT, do make a difference. Let's recall, a week and a half ago, the IOC arrogantly proclaimed the Mori "case was closed," Mori refused to resign, the tapped his 84 year old friend as successor, and the power elite was prepared to carry on as before.

They only bowed down because the public, including us, wouldnt give in. Many of us slammed Mori as a dinosaur many years ago, and pointed to Tokyo's summer heat, problems the officials don't realize until too late and often learn about from the chatter on the internet and other public forums. That is why I post and express my opinions. The archive shows I've been more often right than the policymakers on a wide range of key issues, many of you have been too.

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Posted in: Hashimoto resigns from cabinet to become head of Tokyo Olympic committee See in context

"....his resignation inflicted indescribable damage to the preparation process for the Olympic Games"

i believe a much bigger factors causing "indescribable damage to the preparation process" was Abe's decision years ago to appoint an elderly man known for his bigoted views that run clearly counter to the Olympics' stated principles, and then the government's deliberate decision to delay the vaccine rollout.

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Posted in: Suga inspects coronavirus vaccination program at Tokyo hospital See in context

Isn't he supposed to get a public jab like Biden, Johnson and others did? Or is he afraid of possible side-effects?

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Posted in: Japan's stressed power grid faces new test with Arctic blast on way See in context

it would help if millions of people's homes didn't leak energy like a sieve. Once I turn off my wall amounted air conditioner, placed near the ceiling beside a big window, naturally, the room gets cold again within 30 minutes, in my newly built unit. So gotta keep cranking it.

Japan's weather is getting colder, 

Not in Tokyo. It's been getting considerably warmer. 17 degrees last weekend, 21 degrees from Sunday! Unheard of for February.

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Posted in: British PM Johnson backs Tokyo's hosting of Olympics See in context

Another good reason NOT to hold them

Reality check: Boris was London mayor and an Olympics cheerleader when that city held its highly successful Olympics, and is credited for much of the event's success. Tokyo needs all such support it can get.

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Posted in: LDP wants more women at meetings, but only if they don't talk: Nikai See in context

82 is pretty young for a senior LDP member. Couldn't they find an older man?

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