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I am the 1%


Participants march during a demonstration against the annual meetings of the IMF and World Bank being held in Tokyo on Saturday.

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Wear a pink wig and go grrr. That'll show em!

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Hey, is Johnny Depp in Japan again, sans facial hair??

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I think the protestors that are from Japan should be protesting their own system vice the IMF. THe social structure and emplloyee/employer dynamic here in Japan is more a product of a long history of people just accepting being part of one caste and the other not letting them in. Nothing to do with the IMF at all.

If Japanese want to protest, protest the work model in use here in Japan, forcing people to pretty much give their lives to the company, all the while the company can let you go at a moments notice, and the feeder system that goes into this.

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no, you're the .01%

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Sad thing is, these guys likely are in the 1% if you include debts. Or is it these girls? I'm not even sure.

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Idiots dressed as idiots.

I'm betting most of these fools are only going because they think they can get away with looking like an idiot.

They probably have no knowledge of economics either.

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How many peoples in this protest....10?

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"Hey, is Johnny Depp in Japan again, sans facial hair?"

Well, there he is, ha ha!

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@Lin - There were about 200 protestors.

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I also thought that second guy looks like Johnny Depp, as Willy Wonka/Benny in Benny & Joon, but he was in fact pretty hairless in that anyway.

@Probie. I think thats a bit harsh. Maybe they think the IMF is a joke and thats why they`re treating the parade as fancy dress.

@Alphaape and Probie, I think Japanese can protest against whatever they want to protest against. At least theyre not rioting and vandalising property just for the sake of it like so many otherprotestors` around the world.

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In the 1980's nobody complained

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Looks like a Hallowe'en party....

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I completely agree with your point that if Japanese want to protest it should be aimed at the way work system is set up. But to me the question is how. How does that really possible for people to protest against the way system is set up when they are the part of that tight and powerful system, their life totally depending on it?

About a year ago I came back to Japan after living in abroad for over 20 years. I realized it was easier for me to just criticize and analyze what seems fundamental issues this society has while I was out of the country. Although I dont work for company and therfore Im much less restricted by the norm, standards, hidden rules, hierachy and such than most Japanese, I`m now clearly remembered how it meant to be a Japanese in this society. To simply put, it is not easy to be a Japanese if you value objectivity, fairness, principle or freedom.

Again ideas remain just ideas if not find a way to actually practice them. How the idea like protesting against the way system is set up can be exercised for people in Japan? When most of them are tightly knitted as a part of the system? In what way possible as collective movement?

Im not criticizing your point, rather Im quite interested in the possibility for how this society can take turn for a change. Because that`s what Japanese people really need it.

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Thought it was the Adams family relatives in Asia. The one in Pink hair has an Adams Apple.

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I didn't realize that the Glitter Ball was an outdoor event this year. Since it probalby isn't who let the freaks out?

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@ fontanamixer: I know this sounds so cliche, but the first step they could do is stop electing the same politicans to the government. It seems like the main requiste for political office here in Japan is to be the son or daughter of a former politican. I understand that Japanese don't have a direct vote for the PM, but getting members elected to the Diet and other local representatives could be a start. And the ones that they do elect that just keep doing the same old thing, throw them out.

That's just one way. What I see here in Japan is a lot of people just accepting things the way they are and not doing anything about it.

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