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Dentsu gets ¥76.9 bil windfall from gov't SME aid scheme

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By Ritsuko Shimizu and Sam Nussey

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Hey look, Dentsu, the government, and corruption!

Color me surprised!

38 ( +40 / -2 )

Japanese people know DENTSU - Japan's largest public relations company undertaking a lot of jobs of the government. They receive due commissions. The government is short staffed and they cannot handle everything.

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Don't forget that just a few years ago Dentsu was also charged for illegal overtime work which resulted in the suicide death of a young 24 year old woman. Business back to normal.

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The government is not short staffed, it's over bloated with ineffectual staff incapable of taking any action. Other than handing out tax payer money in the most waistful way to their corrupt friends. They are sinking deeper and deeper into a sea of degradation.

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The taxpayer is so generous when the government empties their piggy bank leaving them the chump change. It's socialism in all but name when "the big boys" get their treats from the taxpayer by the back door.

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Unfortunately, my name is not Dentsu!

If it were, I would have surely received my two Abe baby masks and 100,000 yen to live on for two months.

However, seeing how people are not being treated with respect nor equitably in Japan, I have initiated my plan B to leave at the end of this year...

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Gosh..O.M.G.

Japan has no corruption at all, whatsoever, impossible, everything is as clear as crystal..Kickbacks,cronies, rigging,these words do not exist in Kasumigaseki and around Kokkai Gijido..Just call and ask.

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Income redistribution: the working and middle class pay taxes to provide socialism/welfare for the rich.

Japan’s relative rate of poverty has risen over the past three decades to 16.3%,

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jan/17/japans-rising-child-poverty-exposes-truth-behind-two-decades-of-economic-decline#:~:text=Japan's%20relative%20rate%20of%20poverty,are%20living%20in%20abject%20poverty.

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Well, now I know why I and 90% of us citizens haven't received our government bailout funds. (Or what every they are calling it.)

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Lol! I am just surprised that the amount was actually made publicly known! How much does anyone want to bet that Dentsu is getting a hell of a lot more money than this from the government

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Said before, say again: take it from the "poor", give it to the rich!

Robin Hood vice versa definitely works in Japan.

And of course those connections!

27 ( +27 / -0 )

@ vanity...thankfully different!!!

7 ( +7 / -0 )

Ok "thank you" for taking my tax money not giving me a vote, and upset that I am offended by pointing out the ovensive corruption that is legally a crime but unpunished. Shogani but thank you for being the complience

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Maybe all those who haven't received a single penny of the money they've been promised to feed their families and support their businesses should just go down to Shiodome and ask Dentsu for it.

Endless corruption, endlessly.

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Companies that work their employees literally to death should not get bailouts.

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I can't help wondering who else, more specifically, who in the government, also got a windfall from this.

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This is the same company that has worked people to death and they get a huge government payout. TIJ!

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Wow. It is basically the same story as run yesterday, without the mention of 120 million being siphoned off.

https://japantoday.com/category/politics/update1-minister-denies-shady-dealings-in-program-for-virus-hit-businesses

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@yubaru

Dentsu is in charge of handing out our tax money. They own a lot of medium size companies and employ contractors. So, they can pay themselves. Saves time and 90page forms.

also, how can they say their business was impacted by the Olympics? They already got paid and still are. Even if it is finally cancelled in a year, they will still get paid for the next year.

don't forget the $7billion public funds at last count was over $21billion.

at least in all this misery, Dentsu and TEPCO can survive well and flourish and prove japan is not defeated by the virus. Everybody should be rich and connected, that’s the only way to defeat it.

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As my wife said to me this morning, “Japan is not a fair society”

10 ( +10 / -0 )

Its called skimming from the top, illegal in Japan!

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The governments of this country have never cared for its people, it has sent them into hopeless wars / battles, exposes them to mercury, radiation, then doesn’t compensate them and gives insidious corporations money while ordinary people are committing suicide out of economic desperation. An absolute dereliction of duty of care. A disgusting farce of immeasurable depth, width and significance. Just totally beyond belief.

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In case you didn't already know Japan is basically run an organization of yakuza called the LDP!

Dentsu has been a big part for a LONG time & counting. Also lets not forget Dentsu was ""KEY"" to the bribes in Singapore that GOT Japan the 2020 games.....same ole same ole.....

This country continues to treat its people with such utter disregard, criminal beyond belief.

Se that pic at the top, that is a house BUILT by corruption!!! And there are many many more of these all over Japan!!! How utterly depressing this country is

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Handing a 76.9-billion-yen government contract to provide back-office services for a scheme (relief fund) to help small and mid-sized enterprises (SMEs).

Could be construed, or akin to requesting Colonel Sanders, (KFC), to take charge and develop advanced poultry welfare strategies. Either way Tweetie Pie ends up on a dinner plate  

Dentsu, echoing a statement from Service Design Engineering Council, told Reuters it was performing duties in line with government guidelines and had operations in place to help disburse the funds as swiftly as possible.

This statement in its vague ambiguity is enough to have the air sirens going off.

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For a company that touts its public relations, not really proving its credentials.

Now if it's a company stacked with ex bueuracrats all on the take, good job.

Thats a hard sell in any positive manner to tax payers.

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C O R R U P T I O N is E V E R Y W H E R E in J A P A N, it is not even hidden or under the table it is blatant out in the open right before your eyes and those responsible have no shame because they think it is normal and acceptable.

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For once in my whole life, I will say this:

Japan should be more like America.

Citizens should be enraged, take to the streets, and demand change.

But they never, never will. LDP will be reelected next time, regardless of how blatant and extortionate the corruption is displayed.

Democracy never happened here. This place is a feudal kharzi.

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There were upheavals and massive protests in the 1950's and 60's, tens of thousands rallying in Shinjuku and other central locations.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6VESm8W5O3s

Then the gov't. started creating black lists to ensure those in involved would either be fired from their jobs or denied future employment, and also sent in crime syndicate thugs to eliminate the protest leaders.

Ironic that you mentioned Japan should be more like America, as sit was the CIA who installed the LDP, and a common mantra was always to label any protester in Japan as a communist, which justified any and all police/judicial action.

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as sit was the CIA who installed the LDP, and a common mantra was always to label any protester in Japan as a communist, which justified any and all police/judicial action.

Gee, ya don't say?

Still, wouldn't it be nice if people started to stand up for themselves, rather than bow in acquiescence to a CIA/Yakuza cursus honorum?

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to provide back-office services for a scheme to help virus-hit firms

If that's what we the people have been paying for, I wonder what specific things they have been doing.

For a fraction of 76 billion yen, any tech savvy person could tell companies to use existing services like Zoom, OneDrive, Google Docs, etc. for a shift to telework. I bet 76 billion yen in cash in direct assistance to "virus hit firms" would help them more.

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76 billion for this is nothing. I'm still waiting for my 46.6 billion Abe mask which neither works, nor fits, nor arrives.

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Yeah, I never thought that Dentsu was a small or medium enterprise.

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This os our tax money being showered on a company that upholds an autocracy. Dentsu is the gatelkeeper of the media, selectively rewarding or punishing publications that toe the govt line or challenge the status quo by determining where ad revenues are placed - and there by which publications, and companies - survive. It was the Ministry of Propaganda during the war.

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Gee, ya don't say?

Still, wouldn't it be nice if people started to stand up for themselves, rather than bow in acquiescence to a CIA/Yakuza cursus honorum?

If you have a look at the video it's readily apparent they did stand up for themselves.

When you've been deprived of decent income via blacklisting and have had your head kicked in by thugs, it may make it a little difficult to continue fighting.

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CEO of Dentsu: I can now afford to buy that jet for vacations!

LDP: Great, save a seat for me.

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kind of like the chicken and the egg. Which came first the Japanese government or the big brown envelope?

3 ( +3 / -0 )

We need some protests about stuff like this in Japan but I doubt it got any real attention on the nightly news.

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Don't forget that just a few years ago Dentsu was also charged for illegal overtime work which resulted in the suicide death of a young 24 year old woman.

Never forgotten here. A leopard can't she's its spots...

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I don't see how this is going to help the mom and pop bakery shop.

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I have lost count of the number of corruption scandals under Abe's watch. There is Abenoalcohol scandal that hasn't been featured here and had little mention.

The MHLW supplied hospitals with alcohol at astronomical price normally hospitals purchased 20litres of 70%-90% alcohol at 10,000yen but the ministry sourced the supply to a company that charged 80,000yen fir 20 litres. In some cases the concentration of acohol was just 50% which is of no use killing virus.

The deep silence in the face of repeated corruption is very stressful and unhealthy, more stressful than fear of getting infected with the virus.

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Is there a more hated company in Japan I wonder

4 ( +4 / -0 )

I suspect someone is involved in handkipanki. Corruption is becoming a very common event in japan.

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DrLucifer

Perhaps, according to LDP plan, I haven't heard anything about the Abenoalcohol scandal. Do you have a link we could take a squint at and learn more about the tawdry business?

Thanks!

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As of today; no masks and no money!!!

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DrLucifer

Perhaps, according to LDP plan, I haven't heard anything about the Abenoalcohol scandal. Do you have a link we could take a squint at and learn more about the tawdry business?

Below is a link, there are numerous others if you search

https://blog.goo.ne.jp/rocky2006/e/f5a58eceb59917702fe673d915989111

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Another link if you can read japanese.

https://www.j-cast.com/tv/2020/05/27386741.html

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THIS IS TOTAL unfairness.

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Do they really deserve this?

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Thanks DrLucifer. Just when I thought Abe couldn't sink any lower, he pulls this scam on a country in crisis.

The goon never ceases to disappoint.

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