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Posted in: 1,799 suicides reported nationwide in April See in context

The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare partially attributed the increase to the coronavirus pandemic, which has caused many people to lose their jobs or suffer a drop in income. It said women have been particularly hard hit financially by the pandemic.

And how did the elected officials deal with the impact of the pandemic on people's jobs and finances?

With subsidies to travel agencies and hotel owners in a pandemic, who turned around and laid off staff. Instead of payroll protection, paid furloughs, expanded unemployment for gig,part, and contract workers.

The priorities of the government, and their collusion with Japan Inc., couldn't be clearer and here is the result.

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Posted in: Suga repeats determination to hold Olympics as he expands state of emergency See in context

Business owners who comply will be compensated; those who don't could face fines.

And it would not be another round of extra, special emergency pandemic measures without stressing that specifically business owners will be compensated. Wait, you mean these businesses actually have staff that will be furloughed without pay or let go?And other countries have implemented payroll protection which is simply keep staff on the payroll or no subsidies?

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Posted in: Suga repeats determination to hold Olympics as he expands state of emergency See in context

Despite the worsening infections, Suga stressed his commitment to holding the games safely and securely while protecting Japanese by strictly controlling the movements of foreign participants, including possibly expelling journalists covering the event if they defy regulations.

Suga has hit upon the formula to solve the problem of the shambolic pandemic response teetering on the edge of a precipice Olympics: Corraling foreign journalists and ,of course, the 100 degree bow. Genius!

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Posted in: Businesses hope tougher COVID-19 measures will speed return to normal See in context

In Gunma Prefecture, a 58-year-old taxi driver waiting for customers in front of Maebashi Station criticized the government for its lack of foresight, saying, "Putting quasi-emergency measures in place after infections have surged makes no sense."

Why does a taxi driver in Gunma exhibit more foesight and perspicacity than lavishly compensated elected leaders?

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Posted in: More than 4,000 Indians die of COVID-19 for second straight day See in context

The situation is particularly bad in rural areas of Uttar Pradesh, India's most populous state with a population of over 230 million. Television pictures have shown families weeping over the dead in rural hospitals or camping in wards to tend the sick.

India, like the US, chose to follow nationalist, neo-liberalism with Modi.

The death toll in India, the US, Brazil and yes Japan is the result of the priority of capitalist ,nationalist economic mechanisms.

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Posted in: GOP purges Cheney for 'unity,' but Trump bent on retribution See in context

But from now on Trump will need eyes in the back of his head to watch out for having made the malevolent Machiavelli of the GOP, "Dark Side" Dick, his mortal enemy who, to avenge his daughter's honor, may soon slither in to administer a poisonous bite.

Do not mess with a someone who shot a guy in the face with no consequences.

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Posted in: Frustration in Japan as Suga pushes Olympics despite virus See in context

The publisher said many Japanese people have faced medical and financial problems with little government support. It said the situation resembles Japan near the end of the war when the government urged people to fight with sticks and mobilized schoolgirls to train.

Very much this , and thanks to Takarajimasha for puclicizing it. The Olympics stand out as a symbol of the larger injustice of the LDP coronavirus response. Compared to other first world nations, Japan has ignored the impact of the pandemic situation on the working public.

No paid furlough programs, subsides to small businesses WITH job guarantees, regular stimulus money or expanded unemployment benefits.

Just Olympic graft and promotion, promoting tourism with subsides DURING a pandemic

and monetary easing.

Probably the most extreme case in the world of valuing economics for the wealthy versus the well-being of the public in this crisis.

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Posted in: GOP purges Cheney for 'unity,' but Trump bent on retribution See in context

“Whatever the rest of the country thinks or whatever his opponents in the news media think, he believes that he lost the White House illegitimately, and that’s a pretty big grudge, so I don't think he's going to give up that sense of grievance very easily,” said former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, a longtime Trump friend and informal adviser.

Six months after losing reelection, Trump has emerged more emboldened than ever after House Republicans voted Wednesday to remove Cheney — the Wyoming congresswoman and a daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney — from her post as the No. 3 Republican over her repeated criticisms of the former president.

I suppose the Republicans want to become the party that does not recognize elections unless they win. I wonder where that could lead...

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Posted in: IOC says negative public opinion no threat to Tokyo Olympics See in context

The final question of the news conference, held by video call, was offered to a reporter from Yahoo Sports. Instead, an activist appeared on the screen holding up a black and white banner opposing the Tokyo Olympics.

“No Olympics anywhere, No Olympics anywhere,” he said, before using a profanity and adding “No Olympics in LA, No Olympics in Tokyo,” before the line was cut. The 2028 Olympics will be held in Los Angeles.

This type of hacktivism is what you get when a parasitic elite attempt to push their agenda to the detriment of the public. It is encouraging. Hack the planet!!

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Posted in: Japan to establish agency to speed up digitalization See in context

The new entity will promote the My Number personal identification system, currently under the jurisdiction of the Cabinet Office and the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, so that it can be utilized in such occasions.

Just a regressive tax collection scheme with no benefit to the general public.

Get a Minister like Sakurada who whas never used email to head it up.

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Posted in: Japan's coronavirus vaccine booking system crashes after Salesforce outage See in context

The online system to book a vaccine crashed in many places including parts of Tokyo and the city of Minoh in Osaka Prefecture because of a global problem with U.S. cloud computing vendor Salesforce.com Inc, public broadcaster NHK reported.

Salesforce.com and WeWork show that the union of HR, real estate and IT is not ready for complex socioeconomic solutions in 2021. Corruption infects and you have algorithmic bias.

Typical for this vaccine rollout.

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Posted in: Biden expected to nominate Rahm Emanuel as ambassador to Japan See in context

A steady neo-liberal hand with proven experience during the 2008 financial crisis with disaster capitalist.

You will be right at home Mr. Emanuel!

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Posted in: Publisher slams gov't handling of virus in 3 newspaper ads See in context

The publisher has previously run ad campaigns on social and political issues, most recently one that highlighted how the Japanese public was diligently following virus measures.

Like the corrupt ruling elites throughout Japanese history, in this pandemic the LDP has relied too much on the diligence, self-sacrifice and patience of the good Japanese people to prop up their whole rotting edifice.

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Posted in: Job offers for 2022 university graduates improve as COVID-19 fears subside See in context

Job offers for 2022 university graduates improve as COVID-19 fears subside

This is Japan. and in the west?

BAs working at starbucks.

I know Phds working as baristas.

Welcome Japan in the race to the bottom.

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Posted in: Government advisor sparks anger with tweet laughing off calls for Olympic cancelation See in context

I am guessing Takahashi kun is not so good at math. It is probably also why his financial plans are not so good when it comes to benefiting the Japanese people.

He has a mathematics degree from Tokyo University!

So you must abase yourself in respectful awe of his every pronouncement.

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Posted in: Job offers for 2022 university graduates improve as COVID-19 fears subside See in context

By size, job offers fell 6.0 percent at companies with 300 to 1,000 employees, and the offers were down 0.2 percent at companies with less than 300 workers.

The number of offers, however, rebounded at companies with more than 1,000 employees.

Again, using averages to spin data by Kyodo. Could also be read: Smaller companies with fewer connections to government were hit hard by the pandemic are shrinking while the well-placed big Japan Inc. corps are still growing slightly from generous government pandemic stimulus. So things are looking good folks!

In reality, new grads post pandemic , like those around the 2008 financial crash, are looking at a harsh economic climate.

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Posted in: Government advisor sparks anger with tweet laughing off calls for Olympic cancelation See in context

Takahashi, a former finance ministry bureaucrat, is known to be close to Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and met with him as recently as a week ago, according to local media.

Wonder how "Professor" Takahashi treats his students and the reputation of his research among other academics.


He is an economist, the dismal science . Explains the trickle down, neo-liberal policies of the LDP in this pandemic. Peasants and proles are how his ilk view the public.

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Posted in: With 8 mil Americans out of work, why are more companies not filling jobs? See in context

Still, he's betting the upward wage pressure is temporary.

By September, he said, people will be willing to take "$15 or $16 because they are so desperate."

And many companies are relying on COVID desperation and lobbying Republican legislators to cut unemployment benefits to coerce people back to work with unlivable wages.

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Posted in: Two different Olympic scenes: Inside and outside the National Stadium See in context

"Olympics Kill The Poor"

Could have been a bit more subtle but true. More accurately, the priorities of the LDP like with the Olympics, vaccination, GoTo, subsidies for businesses only are killing the poor.

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Posted in: With 8 mil Americans out of work, why are more companies not filling jobs? See in context

As the economy revs up to meet the rapacious demand of tens of millions of newly vaccinated Americans, employers say they cannot fill their yawning need for labor.

What a conundrum! It is because companies refuse to raise wages. I thought the glorious invisible hand of the free market would automatically make companies raise wages to attract staff if there was a dearth of workers? Workers need money to survive as do companies in the pandemic.

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Posted in: Trouble mars skateboarding's rising popularity in Japan See in context

In central Japan's Aichi Prefecture, a recorded announcement on the second-level pedestrian concourse of JR Toyohashi Station repeatedly warns people against skateboarding and other prohibited activities, with the message reinforced with explicit "No skateboarding" signs.

Never got the prohibition against skateboarders where preoccupied bicyclists are allowed to pass and weave amongst equally busy pedestrians.

Skateboarders generally have better collision avoidance than the bicyclists I have seen here.

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Posted in: U.S. states scale back vaccine orders as interest in shots wanes See in context

Black people have the highest rates of vaccine refusal because they have a long memory.

It's recorded history that Blacks were given shots and told "these are to protect you" but in fact the vaccine administrators were lying. The vaccine recipients were used as guinea pigs.

Interesting how some will ignore all the contradictions and use black people's familiarity with capitalist oppression in the cases of vaccinations and forced abortions, but deny black people when they speak of present day economic oppression and police brutality.

It is like black people are denied any agency and are a tool to be used to put forward an agenda.

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Posted in: Minamata woman faces up to mother's prejudice over pollution disease See in context

Hopefully this, and the new Johnny Depp movie "Minamata", will do more to highlight this corporate crime against humanity by Japan Inc.

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Posted in: Philip Morris to phase out cigarettes in Japan within decade See in context

"We want Japan to be the first market" for the phase-out, newly appointed CEO Jacek Olczak told the Nikkei in an interview published in Japanese on Friday.

The company "will realize a smoke-free society in Japan within 10 years", he said.

How will the company do that when the heavily government invested JT actually controls the market? More meaningless corporate-speak. The government has even worked in concert with JT to limit the popularity of vaping, which is booming in the West, by regulating that vaping liquids containing any nicotine are controlled substances.

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Posted in: People in Japan can now earn ¥10,000 bounties for scamming scammers See in context

It’s a despicable deception that preys on Japanese societal values of familial and professional responsibility, and every year Japanese seniors are defrauded out of millions and millions of yen by it. But as of this month, there’s now a way for law-abiding Japanese people to actually make money from ore ore scams instead.

Some people do this to Nigerian 419 and Indian scammers online for Youtube views.

How about the police offering a bounty for reporting and gathering evidence on "black companies" in Japan? That would be of great help to people caught in these situations whose wages have been stolen.

Unfortunately, they seem very reluctant to investigate these cases.

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Posted in: Suga says Japan aiming for 1 mil COVID-19 vaccine shots daily See in context

Well, Suga does have a history of overpromising. Back in 2007, when he was Minister for Internal Affairs and Communication, Suga apparently declared that Japan would develop new technology to replace the internet by the year 2020: https://www.techrepublic.com/index.php/blog/it-news-digest/japan-seeks-to-replace-the-internet/

Great factoid to add to Suga's legacy of shame. At least Al Gore could point to something real, the actual internet, though he didn't invent it.

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Posted in: Packed trains, drinking: Japanese impatient over anti-virus measures See in context

When the holiday ended, many defied requests for remote work and returned to their offices on packed trains.

Again this mis-characterization. Defied requests or were compelled?

The LDP playbook is to download all the misery and blame for the pandemic response upon the working public and maintain an easy life for the privileged with subsidies that go exclusively towards them.

During the holidays, significantly more people than last year were seen at tourist spots in Kyoto and Nara despite stay-at-home requests. With drinking places closed, younger people carrying canned beer and snacks gathered in parks and streets in downtown Tokyo.

And then pushback in a uniquely Japanese passive-aggressive way.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic head says Bach visit to Japan now unlikely See in context

The president of the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee said Friday that a visit to Japan this month by IOC President Thomas Bach seemed unlikely with a state of emergency order being extended by the government to Tokyo and other areas until May 31.

This, among other things dealing with the LDP government policy, is well characterized by the phrase "like watching a train wreck in slow motion".

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Posted in: Wages in Japan see 1st rise in 13 months due to less part-timers See in context

"As the ratio of regular workers increased, overall wages were lifted," a ministry official said.

Now that is some impressive neo-liberal spin, even for the regular feed from Kyodo and the LDP.

"Part-timers/hourly wage worker jobs and income have been virtually wiped out so they are out of the equation. They were keeping the average of wages down in Japan. So wages on average are rising see!"

You could not make up this level of Marie Antoinette cake-eatery.

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Posted in: Tokyo’s anti-crowding coronavirus countermeasures backfire on trains See in context

Clearly, something went wrong with the government’s plan, as the dense mass of humanity on the platform of downtown Tokyo’s Ikebukuro Station shows. So what happened?

Oh my god who could have seen this coming?

It is almost like there are people elected by a 'democratc" process and very well rewarded whose job it is to plan for eventualities and ameliorate the impàct on the public of adverse events.

Were they occupied dealing with another huge crisis?

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