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Posted in: Caught off-guard by scant testing, Japan battered by COVID winter See in context

Just a few days ago there was a report on how workers at private clinics are abused by people who test positive and they tell them they have to report the information to the local health center. The report said many of them just walk out and do nothing about it. Thus the numbers are skyrocketing!

This above. The Japan Inc./Gov response of bailing out financials and big corporations and leaving workers to fend for themselves with no support and continue coming into work is why many will risk concealing positive test results or hiding symptoms.

Japan has been lucky so far in that the populace has a low rate of certain co-morbidities but it is hard to point to anything it has done well in its' pandemic response.

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Posted in: Japan's suicides jump 16% in COVID-19 2nd wave: study See in context

Taro Kono, administrative and regulatory reform minister, told Reuters on Thursday that while the government would consider extending the state of emergency, it "cannot kill the economy."

The essential workers and consumers are the basis of the economy and the government is not helping them. This rise in the suicide rate is partly due to the only bailing out secotrs of the economy like finance, Dentsu, big travel businesses et al and allowing the majority of the working public to suffer in silence. Policymakers like Kono have blood on their hands.

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Posted in: Trump trial pending; McConnell calls it 'vote of conscience' See in context

Mitch McConnell, is telling senators their decision on whether to convict the outgoing president over the Capitol riot will be a “vote of conscience.”

McConnell and the other Republican ghouls should not be allowed to retroactively delete Trump and four years of enabling his mismanagement in order to push their aganda. As Reps. AOC and Bush have have stated, the whole slew of Republicans who backed his fictions until the end must face consequences including charges of sedition.

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Posted in: ¥742 bil in reserve funds added to subsidies for restaurants See in context

The subsidies keep going up but not one address about firms pocketing subsidies and still firing staff, drastically shortening their hourly wages and assigning unpaid leave.

But that was never a concern when it comes to these subsidies benefiting businesses was it?

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Posted in: Popular Japanese pub chain shuts 20% of its locations due to virus See in context

"At this rate, the survival of our business is in jeopardy. We have around 20,000 employees including part-time workers, and it will be difficult to maintain their employment," the privately-owned company said in a statement.

I suppose this call for more money was heard swiftly as the other article on the same page reported restaurant subsidies would be increased. For Japan Inc. the government is an attentive rich uncle always there to help out in a pinch.

Meanwhile, the chain will pocket the subsidies to maintain the bottom line and executive salaries, cut staff, put them on unpaid leave, shorten their wage paying hours and their calls for government assistance will go unheard.

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Posted in: Gov't eyes punishment for refusal to comply with COVID-19 measures See in context

Restaurants and corporations compensated for lost income. But if you are a working stiff and it is a choice between going to work or starvation and homelessness, you are put into the position of making hard choices out of desperation, and getting on that commuter train and possibly hiding infection symptoms. Instead of punishing them further it shows how inadequate the safety net is .

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Posted in: Woman arrested after selling counterfeit Chanel item to police officer at flea market See in context

Emi Goto, who was arrested on Thursday, is accused of selling a keychain with a fake Chanel logo on Nov 29, 2020, Sankei Shimbun reported. Goto brought the fake merchandise to sell at a flea market in Wakayama Castle’s Sunanomaru Square. 

Although the keychain was priced at 400 yen, Goto’s use of the double “C” logo infringed upon Chanel's intellectual property rights. 

A police officer on patrol posed as a customer and purchased the item. Upon inspection, the keychain was found to be counterfeit.

Undercover police working hard to bring down the big threats. Your tax yen at work.

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Posted in: Fukuoka town erects 7-meter gorilla scarecrow as symbol of strength against COVID-19 See in context

Viral marketing for the upcoming Godzilla vs. Kong movie.

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Posted in: Marvel superheroes return... in quirky black-and-white sitcom See in context

I'd love to see Wanda's father turn up, but because of current copyright restraints, it's unlikely...

The Fox properties are under the Marvel/Disney banner now after acquisition . Hopefully in this series they will hint at Magneto and mutant origins.

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Posted in: Saizeriya president calls requests not to eat out for lunch ‘nonsense’ See in context

Since the state of emergency deprives businesses of their peak operating hours, Horino said it was essential to remain open for lunch. "A lot of people work for major restaurant operators. Eating establishments are being pushed deeper into despair, and it's no laughing matter."

This focus on the plight of restaurateur corps in the pandemic in Japan as if they are the only ones suffering is perverse.

Remember when Saizeriya was called out for using melamine, a Chinese plastic additive, in the cheese for its pizzas.

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Posted in: Man served 6th arrest warrant for drugging intoxicated woman, sexually assaulting her See in context

Has anyone in Japan(outside of a celebrity) racked upped six arrests for possessing a prohibited substance (without hurting a single individual) and escaped prosecution?

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Posted in: Japan to expand virus state of emergency beyond Tokyo as cases top 300,000 See in context

The Legal Grounds to Urge. Sounds like a band name.

It just shows the lengths the Japan Inc./gov combine will go to as to not get entangled in any legal technicalities to provide support while they shovel welfare for the wealthy and squeeze freelance, small business and the mass of precariously employed workers with suffocating socio-cultural pressure to shut down and accept austerity.

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Posted in: Pet ownership in Japan on the rise amid pandemic See in context

A lot of people have lost their jobs, and in some cases their accommodation too due to Covid, and were forced to get rid of their dog. Unfortunately, a lot of these dogs are older, and so the city dog pounds are more full of these older abandoned dogs now due to Covid, compared to normal years. The one we adopted three weeks ago was a classic example, an abandoned beagle which the vet thinks is 8 years old, and was in a terrible temporary state of health due to bad nutrition from whoever abandoned it.

You are doing infinitely richer service to help during this pandemic than the Japanese government my friend. Dog bless you.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic president tries to reassure doubting country See in context

The best way to "bring joy and hope to many people" would be to cancel the Olympic games, prosecute the bribed officials involved in the fraudulent boondoggle(including Mori and his bloated salary), break up Dentsu and seize its assets for malfeaseance , and use the proceeds liberated by this to fund projects benefitting the majority of citizens.

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Posted in: Visiting Texas to see border wall, Trump takes no responsibility for Capitol riot See in context

“Respect for law enforcement is the foundation of the MAGA agenda,"

Republicans and Trump, maybe because of their supposed respect for "conservative" values, always use these rhetorical get out of jail free cards when their actions violate all standards of moral conduct:

" How could we have caused the deaths of innocents and law enforcement? We're the party of law and order and safety!"

"How could we pay off porn stars/ engage in infidelity/cover up child abuse? We're the party of God and Christmas!"

One of their greatest strengths is the full weaponization of hypocrisy and double-think.

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Posted in: Gov't to support suppliers of eateries hit by virus emergency See in context

Yet again no talk of job guarantees for firms getting this taxpayer funded largesse having to retain jobs or minimum hours for staff and not just pocketing it to maintain their bottom line. The actual majority of the people working and struggling in pandemic hit businesses are not even an afterthought for the Japan Inc./gov combine.

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Posted in: Suga, Bill Gates agree vaccines key for Tokyo Olympics See in context

Does Bill Gates own shares in Dentsu?

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Posted in: Democrats prepare 'incitement of insurrection' charge against Trump See in context

Trump's deranged rise to power was fueled by the actual resentment to the depredations of a neoliberal, political party duopoly controlled by oligarchs which he channeled into racist, xenophobic rage.

This is not going away under a neoliberal Biden administration unless drastic reforms are made.

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Posted in: Do you think the post-pandemic world will be awash with corporate bankruptcies and prolonged unemployment in most countries? See in context

Corporate bankruptcies? No, they are benefiting from the socialism for the rich by governments attentive to their needs.

Many small businesses and workers are in existential crisis mode for the foreseeable future. Countries like the US and Japan are dropping the ball on the coronavirus response.

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Posted in: Records show fervent Trump fans fueled U.S. Capitol takeover See in context

“Headed to DC with a (s—-) ton of 5.56 armor-piercing ammo,” he texted friends and relatives on Jan. 6, adding a purple devil emoji, according to court filings. The following day, he texted to the group: “Thinking about heading over to Pelosi (C——’s) speech and putting a bullet in her noggin on Live TV.” He once again added a purple devil emoji, and wrote he might hit her with his truck instead. “I’m gonna run that (C—-) Pelosi over while she chews on her gums. … Dead (B——) Walking. I predict that within 12 days, many in our country will die.”

The Trump base of stable geniuses still have not caught on to the fact that posting threats of violence on online forums and livestreaming yourself committing crimes is not the best plan for clandestine operations.

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Posted in: Universal basic income proposal by Suga adviser may be hard sell in Japan See in context

Where would all the money come from to pay for UBI? Nobody has been able to adequately explain this.

Except for Andrew Yang and Guy Standing and value added tax plans that would make companies currently using a panoply of tax avoidance schemes and offshoring of profits pay a fair share . Also reducing the gross amount of corporate welfare and financial bailouts.

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Posted in: Universal basic income proposal by Suga adviser may be hard sell in Japan See in context

Basic income, first introduced by Milton Friedman and his disciples in the neoclassical school of economics, is a globalist idea designed to help achieve a “small government” so that big businesses can maximize their profits while minimizing social security costs. No wonder people like Takenaka are trying to sell the idea.

You have a good point here. However, as proponents of UBI such as UK economist Guy Standing and Andrew Yang point out, UBI is a stop gap measure to stem unnecessary human suffering, like most good social welfare programs, and would be a bridge to a fairer and juster society by promoting opportunities and innovation.

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Posted in: Universal basic income proposal by Suga adviser may be hard sell in Japan See in context

Under Eisenhower in the US there was a 90 percent maximum tax rate and unprecedented growth.

Now Warren Buffett has to come out asking why his secretary pays a higher tax rate than he does.


Making a more fair, progressive taxation scheme could go far to providing a UBI.

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Posted in: Universal basic income proposal by Suga adviser may be hard sell in Japan See in context

Every dollar (or yen) given to the rich is one less to give to a person who actually needs it.

I can't understand why people don't want to prioritize needy people.

The rich have already received trillions in socialized corporate welfare and the needy much, much less. Time to even it out.

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Posted in: Universal basic income proposal by Suga adviser may be hard sell in Japan See in context

The tired arguements against "leftism and socialism" show ignorance about the terms. Currently we have lavishly funded socialist safety nets mitigating risk for corporations, banks and the wealthiest and naked capitalism for those less fortunate that says "if you don"t work , you don"t eat". Populations are tired of having the meager rewards for their labor taxed to cover for the bad choices and risk taking of bloated financial institutions.

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Posted in: Universal basic income proposal by Suga adviser may be hard sell in Japan See in context

All the those who argue against a UBI repeating there is no "free lunch" are silent when it comes to QE-quantitative easing- and financial bailouts like in 2008 and now which are a socialized safety net for corporations that has cost all taxpayers ,including the less fortunate, trillions.

This regressive taxation, including corporate welfare like GoTo, can be made progressive by a form of UBI.

In some proposals this can also be paid for by a form of value added tax on tech corporations that are currently paying very little, such as Amazon.

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Posted in: Izakaya stagger under blow of 2nd coronavirus state of emergency See in context

This is what happens with Socialist systems. They are unsustainable and eventually collapse. You cannot plan for every future unknown crisis - natural or man made. No one predicted and planned for the Tech Bust, the 2008 recession and the current pandemic. Even without these crisis, the socialized social safety net was costing more than the economy provided for.

Yet in the wake of these crises vast sums are always somehow found to bail out financials and big corps that would have provided a trickle up safety net for the public. Notwithstanding the additional fact these crises(with the possible exception of the virus) are the result of neo-liberal policymaking.

And this fact is always conveniently forgotten by corporatists on the right who trot out the same excuse again and again to deny substantial relief to the public, as in this case once again.

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Posted in: Izakaya stagger under blow of 2nd coronavirus state of emergency See in context

People impacted by coronavirus emergency restriction measures deserve support and compensation.

Yet many of these "mom and pop" izakayas are operating businesses out of their domiciles with paid off mortagages and pay no rent and have few if any staff. The larger chains have access to a conglomerate's worth of capital to ride out the SOE.

They are being well compensated while the high rent payers with little access to capital are left with zero.

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Posted in: Tesla CEO Musk world's wealthiest person See in context

Like- Elon Musk is a fan of Iain Banks Culture series and is developing a BMI like the neural mesh in the series.

Dislike- He didn't actually found Tesla, just bought it out and got his start by his parent's blood emerald business in Zambia.

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Posted in: Anxiety mounts over another state of emergency in Tokyo, neighboring areas See in context

A Tokyo metropolitan government official said, "We have a sense of crisis. I wonder how effective the declaration will be, but we need to do what we can."

No word about direct support at the news conference or changes to the unemployment benefit to make it more inclusive. Not even anything on if establishments receive the 60,000 yen daily compensation that are required to retain staff. Nothing to prevent firms from cutting staff even after receiving the compensation and shortening hours. That has been the case with JTB slashing staffing after receiving their GoTo subsidies.

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