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Posted in: Kishida cabinet's approval rises to record 61.5%: poll See in context

That might be the case for a small tropical island, but not for diversified Japanese economy, the world’s third largest one.

Tourism may directly benefit sellers of knick knacks and treats and few others, but the LDP looks to the gains from their slender rentier base of investors .

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Posted in: Biden to lay out who's joining new Asia trade pact See in context

Biden placed his hand over his heart as he passed that American flag, and bowed slightly as he passed the Japanese standard.

Neo-lberal colonial gestures to their vassals. Which include not only the LDP but the American people paying for this pointless demonstration in the wake of the latest Neo-liberal disaster capitalism effort, the Ukraine conflict.

Those 18,000 police collecting salaries for their gestures herding the commuting populace must feel great though!

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Posted in: Kishida cabinet's approval rises to record 61.5%: poll See in context

The poll, meanwhile, found that 46.1 percent think that the Bank of Japan should keep its massive monetary easing, compared with 40.4 percent believing that it should end.

How many of the people asked knew what quantitative easing is and how it is a basic income for bankers, in addition to all the other subsidies to japan Inc. the Japanese taxpayer s bankrolling?

Or that other countries are looking at using QE to fund a UBI for the people?


The monthly survey reached 491 randomly selected households with eligible voters and 1,968 mobile phone numbers. It yielded responses from 425 and 623 people, respectively.

Tiny sample size. How was it randomized?

The poll smells so fishy it could have been taken exclusively from Taiji fishermen.

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Posted in: Ex-Olympic medalist Kotani battles objectification of women in sport See in context

"Back then I was just happy synchro swimming was on the cover, but later I realized there are people who look at it that way (as a sexual image)," she said.

Sounds disingenuous. Isn't there a tradition now of bare-chested hunks at the opening ceremony?

"I hope our efforts at the Tokyo Olympics improve Japanese society and lead to a better future. Our work only becomes meaningful when that happens."

Then the work has failed already. It smacks of the LDP fake "womenomics" proposals that are cover for their geriatric male crony agenda.

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Posted in: Kill Japan's elderly? Cannes film probes chilling idea See in context

Both films explore the legendary practice of ubasute, in which elderly people were carried to a mountain and abandoned to die. Imamura's film won the Palme d'Or at the 1983 Cannes Film Festival.

Also "mabiki" at the other end of the generational scale and not a cultural tradition to be treasured of Japan.

Even during disease and bad crops and famine and war, the tithe of crops to the local lord had to be made, even it would mean the culling of unwanted children or other "unproductive" members of village society.

The "lords" of today similarly take a heavy toll on those they deem "unproductive human resources" as their needs must always be fulfilled first.

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Posted in: How mass shooters pervert a universal desire to make a difference in the world See in context

It is the idea that progressive leftists are planning to flood the country with people of color, aiming to disempower the white population and destroy its values and way of life.

In their grand conspiracies the targets are never the architects of their oppression in the offices of government and business but pedestrians, students and shoppers.

There is a similar dynamic at work with alt-right populism, where billionaire funded propaganda outlets convince people with few economic opportunities their enemies are not pro-corporate neo-liberal politics but immigrants, the poor, other races.

And convince them to vote for politicians of the same class (multiple bankrupt "billionaires") who work to oppress them.

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Posted in: Gov't eyes ¥20 tril in aid to promote investment in green energy sector See in context

Efforts on decarbonization are becoming increasingly vital as Japan, like many other countries, is looking to reduce reliance on coal and oil from Russia as part of sanctions over its invasion of Ukraine.

As usual everyone can smell what the LDP is cooking and it smells like pork.

Normally efforts to address the climate and environment are a positive but how will these subsidies to green industries jibe with the all the announcements of ballooning subsidies to oil wholesalers?

There is no plan with the LDP, just kickbacks to cronies from the human resources of Japanese worker's labor and the taxes they pay.

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Posted in: Kill Japan's elderly? Cannes film probes chilling idea See in context

Japan is the most rapidly-aging industrial society, a trend that is causing huge economic and political problems as a dwindling number of younger people must support a growing army of the old.

In these situations it is mostly a question of artificial scarcity of resources. In the fictional dystopias and in the political economy of the capitalist societies we live in, resources that could be used for the betterment of society and the needs of the many are hoarded by a parasitic clique. In Japan they go by the name of the LDP and their cronies in Japan Inc.

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Posted in: Australians vote for prime minister See in context

It’s amusing to me that this can make sense in the Australian political context, but would be nonsensical in the American one.

Makes perfect sense in the American context with the neo-liberal, pro corporate policies of conservative Democrats.

Imagine the Overton Window of politics in Australia and NZ skew a little further left?

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Posted in: Private-initiative soup kitchens spring up to deal with child poverty See in context

That’s about average for developed countries today, though markedly higher than Japan’s one child in nine in 1985.

Japan also had a wage gap between new hires and top execs in 1985 that was about a tenth of that in the US.

That has also changed and CEO and rentier gains have exploded in line with other G7 countries to create the wealth pyramid seen today.

Take from workers and children and give to CEOs, that is the history of the last 30 years of the LDP/Japan Inc.

Maybe soup kitchens and hungry children was what former PM Abe had in mind with his "Beautiful Japan" and 3 arrows policies?

Looks to be the same with Kishida's "New Capitalism" too.

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Posted in: Ukraine filmmakers horrified by 'Top Gun' jet display at Cannes See in context

The amount of triggering these days from the left is beyond ridiculous.

Copy pasted non sequitors that do not make a bit of sense.

The position on the alt-right supporting Russia and Putin was that Ukrainians were Nazis.

So now they are triggered..leftists?

This article is exaggerated as to the reaction of the Ukrainian filmmakers but the stock rightist comments are worse.

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Posted in: Japan, U.S. to cooperate on moon landing by Japanese astronaut See in context

Japan and the United States plan to announce their "shared ambition" to realize a future moon landing by a Japanese astronaut in a document to be released during U.S. President Joe Biden's visit to Tokyo, sources close to the matter said Thursday.

This is sad and a comment on nostalgia culture.

A bold effort by a nation 50 years ago has to be recreated by a 'corporate synergy' and endless announcements of partnerships.

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Posted in: U.S. midterms and the strange demise of the political center See in context

U.S. midterms and the strange demise of the political center

The Overton Window of American political discourse has been grossly skewed by the cynical use of corporate money and lobbying.

So mild Democratic socialist proposals like from AOC are deemed 'extreme' as the ravings of MTG.

The "center' is the neo-liberal pro corporatists that have led to wealth disparity and populist reactions.

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Posted in: New Zealand hands out extra cash to fight 'inflation storm' See in context

"sane democrats"

If your metric for "sanity" is using your legislative influence to subsidize your personal financial investment in a climate polluting industry (Manchin) or bailing out banks on the public dime that used the market as a casino (Summers)...

I think most constituents of New Zealand or the US would prefer to be "crazy" and embrace socialism.

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Posted in: New Zealand hands out extra cash to fight 'inflation storm' See in context

Sir Bezos has been pointing out, and Manchin too I recall. And Larry Summers.

A neo liberal rogue's gallery of coal mine oligarchs and Wall Street bailout architects.

Are you saying they have ever had the best interests of anybody, particularly the people of New Zealand at heart?

And not their bottom line class interests?

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Posted in: Japan to double Ukraine aid to $600 million See in context

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Thursday his country will double its financial aid for Ukraine to $600 million in support of the country badly damaged by Russia’s aggression.

There must be something to the theories of MMT and fiat currency if there is always this bottomless well of lucre for such aid yet shortfalls that have to be made up by taxes for daycare, education, the domestic unemployed and disadvantaged and working poor are a hard sell and "difficult".

Priorities is the word.

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Posted in: U.S. gov't to fly in baby formula on military contracted planes See in context

Love the posters who pipe up with indignation about a nation taking action to help its populace directly and whining about fiscal responsibility.

They never utter a sound at the daily article about quantitative easing and companies recapitalizing their businesses from the taxpayer dole.

N.B. Posing as a frustrated billionaire will not make you rich.

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Posted in: New Zealand hands out extra cash to fight 'inflation storm' See in context

People quoting uber neo-liberals like Joe Manchin and Jeff Bezos to support no giving assistance to the people of New Zealand in a pinch.

They will talk about money printing and devaluation of the currency and debts, but will never utter a peep when Japan or other nations ignore their populace and pour money into financial markets with QE and subsidize oil wholesalers and hotel owners.

New Zealand is a social democracy that is responsive to the needs of its people, not an oligarchic elite.

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Posted in: China blasts U.S., Japan rhetoric ahead of Quad summit See in context

I don't know if Chinese police do this, but part of the training for KGB and GRU field officers was for each new trainee to get in a ring in a small stadium with the other students and teachers watching and fight a guard dog with a knife, normally killing the dog in the process.

I have read accounts of this but has it been verified?

The Chinese and Koreans have been known for less than familial relationships with dogs.

American police of course have a big problem with murdering people's dogs when approaching residences.

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Posted in: Man arrested for spending mistakenly sent ¥46.3 mil in COVID funds See in context

was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of computer fraud, police said.

The fraud was in not covering for the bureaucratic incompetence and quietly doing unpaid service and informing them of the mistake

It was a given the legal system would deem this a crime and not giving a crony construction company stimulus funds to build a concrete squid to promote tourism during a pandemic travel ban.

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Posted in: Buffalo shooter let some people see plans just before attack See in context

Both were laced with white supremacist beliefs echoing a baseless extremist conspiracy theory about a plot to diminish the influence of white people.

The Venn diagram of people cheering Musk's Twitter purchase and 'free speech' overlaps a little too much with 4chan and Discord posters who post like Gendron.

It's impossible to police at present unless we get at the US socioeconomic divide.

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Posted in: Man offers to pay back mistakenly sent ¥46.3 mil COVID funds 'little by little' See in context

now contrite and wants to pay it back "little by little," according to a person familiar with the case.

Japan Inc./Gov loves its sacrificial lambs to take the attention off the incompetent and lazy bureaucrats and the businesses that recapitalized off the taxpayer dole.

He might find himself marked for special treatment by the bureaucratic and legal authorities. .

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Posted in: Japan's 1st-quarter GDP shrinks, hit by COVID restrictions, higher prices See in context

The country has recorded around 30,050 deaths despite avoiding harsh lockdowns

And not avoiding pumping a massive amount of yen stimulus into Japan Inc. and many people in economic distress with little recourse.

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Posted in: N Korea reports 232,880 suspected COVID-19 cases See in context

An employee of Pyongyang Dental Hygiene Products Factory disinfects the floor of a dining room

Don't tell me the Dear Leader was influenced by the get up of the guards in Squid Game?

Seems about right; the NK people have the potential to be so much more without the overweight baggage of the Kim family dragging them down.

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Posted in: Musk's China connections add potential risks to Twitter purchase See in context

Ohhh, the left...

The partisan hackery is convenient diversion.

Will the right continue to embrace Musk if he allows Trump back on Twitter but allows censorship of post critical to the Chinese government in line with Xi's edicts to protect his economic interests in the PRC?

Free market capitalism or free speech; which is it going to be?

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Posted in: Cabinet OKs ¥2.7 tril draft extra budget to fight inflation See in context

I don't agree and its unfair to say the Japanese public are gluttons for punishment because they don't really have any control over the governments decision.

True that neo liberal reforms have left Japanese workers precariously living and without time for labor protests.

But the French can shut down the nation to fight for a fairer society and Japanese did this too in the 70s.

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Posted in: In Buffalo, Biden condemns racism, mourns victims See in context

This is what people mean when they say the dems never let a good crises go to waste

No it exactly isn't that and you illustrate what Dr. King was referring to.

It is talking about disaster capitalism, such as pandemic stimulus profiteering.

This misdirection is exactly what Dr. King was referring to.

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Posted in: Man mistakenly sent ¥46.3 mil in COVID funds gambles it all away See in context

A 24-year-old man mistakenly sent 46.3 million yen in COVID-19 relief money by the town he resides in, says he gambled it all away on overseas casino sites, sources close to the matter said Tuesday.

Of all the ways he could have done this, this is probably the most boring and least cinematic.

Maybe he actually transferred it offshore, will accept a nominal punishment and quietly slip away to enjoy the gains once the heat has died down?

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Posted in: Musk's China connections add potential risks to Twitter purchase See in context

Officials have warned companies must "respect the feelings of the Chinese people" and avoid "eating Chinese rice while smashing Chinese bowls."

I suspect there is a significant gap between the feelings and concerns of the Chinese officials and the people.

Musk will allow Trump back on Twitter but I wonder how far his commitment to "free speech" extends, which the alt-right is loving him for.

If he will allow censoring of anti-Chinese government speech to protect his business interests will he still be a champion of free speech?

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Posted in: Cabinet OKs ¥2.7 tril draft extra budget to fight inflation See in context

About 1.5 trillion yen of the extra budget will be spent to replenish reserve funds the government is using to implement some of the measures in the relief package, such as subsidies for oil wholesalers to bring down retail gasoline prices

The bottomless wealth when in comes to subsidizing LDP cronies.

The Scrooge-like stinginess when extending the barest assistance to the working populace of Japan.

The Japanese public are gluttons for punishment.

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