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Posted in: Growing numbers avoiding news as too depressing: report See in context

The depressing state of the world is leading people to switch off from the news, the Reuters Institute reported on Wednesday.

The movie Network already said it in 1976.

Corporations providing the news are giving you the voice of the corporatocracy.

And now it is orders of magnitude worse than it was in the 70s.

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Posted in: New law enacted to help people pressured into porn See in context

The new law is intended to prevent talent scouts offering work as a model or idol performer before pushing recruits into sex and nudity.

Meanwhile I just exited the station on my commute and "Vanilla Kyujin" and "City Heaven" billboard trucks were circling the exit. Advertising huge salaries for unspecified jobs with pictures of ecstatic girls that "love money".

I wonder what kinds of jobs that could be about?

Atrocious salaries generally and lack of other opportunities for women create fertile markets.

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Posted in: 1 in 4 singles in 30s not willing to marry: Japan gov't survey See in context

A separate white paper said that Japan is seeing a decline in its birthrate due to the spread of the coronavirus and that this could continue to fall below pre-pandemic levels, calling for online measures to support marriage and childcare.

Step 1: Commission meetings and a bureaucratic white paper blaming a long standing issue with systemic causes on a current event in the public consciousness.

Step 2: Call for "online measures" to address the problem that are vague and open for exploitation for useless corporate welfare schemes.

Step 3: Exploit the declining population for maximum profit as the misery continues.

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Posted in: U.S. fight against opioid overdoses becomes one of racial justice: researcher See in context

In 2020, the death rate from drug overdose among Black people surpassed that of white people in the United States for the first time since 1999, according to a study published this year.

The rates of arrest and imprisonment for possession and sales of illegal drugs have been racially biased since the beginning of the US narcotic scheduling system.

That is where to start and how to end the tragic farce of the "drug war".

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Posted in: Musk to address Twitter employees for 1st time this week See in context

Elon Musk will address Twitter employees Thursday for the first time since the billionaire and Tesla CEO offered $44 billion to buy the social media platform, the company said Tuesday.

Come on Musk, use the famous phrase inspired by Iain Banks the Culture series, that you profess to love, and wow them:

"Our goal is fully automated, luxury space communism."

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Posted in: Hollywood stars sign letter calling for responsible gun depictions See in context

The open letter, penned in response to recent U.S. mass shootings in Uvalde and Buffalo, was also signed by top producers J.J. Abrams ("Lost"), Shonda Rhimes ("Bridgerton") and Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy.

Blasters and light sabers are OK though.

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Posted in: 64% of Japanese unhappy with gov't response to rising prices: poll See in context

The great Nobel prize winner Milton Friedman taught us about inflation (a general rise in prices across the board)

And the more recent and greater Nobel Prize winner in economics, Thomas Piketty has said:

We want capitalism and market forces to be the slave of democracy rather than the opposite.

In Japan now with the LDP it is the exact opposite. The LDP serves the interests of corporations with a laser focus on corporate welfare, socialism for the rich.

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Posted in: 64% of Japanese unhappy with gov't response to rising prices: poll See in context

What would they have the government do, bring in the Marvel gang?

Step 1: Stop subsidizing every oil wholesaler, farmer, hotel owner, construction company and ad agency under the Rising Sun and start subsidizing the working people to deal with inflation and associated economic woes.

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Posted in: Amazon Japan delivery drivers form union, claiming overwork See in context

An Amazon official said the company has "received the letter and is scrutinizing the content of their requests."

Does it really take much time to "scrutinize" the requests for appropriate pay, less punishing hours and bathroom breaks?

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Posted in: Japan passes bill to make online insults punishable by jail time See in context

Moves to amend the country's Penal Code gained traction after Hana Kimura, a 22-year-old professional wrestler and cast member on the popular Netflix reality show "Terrace House," was believed to have committed suicide in May 2020 after receiving a barrage of hateful messages on social media.

Disgusting use of this tragedy to pass a law that could be appropriately termed "Orwellian".

Watch out for the first time it is used to prosecute criticism of the corruption of an Olympic crony or LDP official.

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Posted in: 64% of Japanese unhappy with gov't response to rising prices: poll See in context

Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said last week that consumers have become more "tolerant" of price hikes. He was forced to retract the remark and apologize after facing criticism from lawmakers and consumers.

These individuals social circle consists of overpaid bureaucrats, politicians and Keidanren cronies.

So of course as a response to inflation; lavishing corporate welfare subsidies on them would be considered an appropriate response.

"We gave them inflation and a weak yen as we promised. Why are they so unhappy?!".

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Posted in: Travel firms thrown into confusion over rules as Japan reopens to foreign tourists See in context

but easing border restrictions while rebuilding the country's hospitality industry will prove to be a challenging task.

All this talk about reopening and COVID protocols and visa procedures; but none about all the travel agency, hotel, transportation and restaurant staff dependent on international tourism who were laid off in the pandemic with no support while their firms were bailed out.

So are they offering massive wage increases to lure people back and rebuild the industry?

The lack of discussion about his central issue, a huge failure due to the combined greed of Japan Inc. and the LDP, is baffling to me.

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Posted in: Jan 6 panelists say enough evidence uncovered to indict Trump See in context

Members of the House committee investigating the Capitol riot said Sunday they have uncovered enough evidence for the Justice Department to consider an unprecedented criminal indictment against former President Donald Trump for seeking to overturn the results of the 2020 election.

Trump should have been prosecuted and jailed decades ago for his business practices and never been able to run for president.

In this case, if Trump is indicted and yet again walks free, he will be even more in command of the base and the Republican party going into 2024.

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Posted in: Anti-Olympic protest See in context

The protesters demanded Japan drop its bid for Sapporo to host the 2030 Winter Games.

Meanwhile the LDP in Sapporo won't even allow it to come to a vote and cite their highly suspicious polling as approval.

Democracy in action in the G7.

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Posted in: Kishida eyes attending NPT review conference in New York in August See in context

Kishida, elected from a constituency in Hiroshima, one of the two Japanese cities devastated by U.S. nuclear bombs in 1945, is seen as eager for Japan to play a role in bringing nuclear and non-nuclear states together for accords toward achieving a world without nuclear weapons

Even if Kishida hails from Hiroshima, wouldn't it be more productive of his time to work on something feasible, like improving the welfare of the people of Japan, than on something nigh impossible, " achieving a world without nuclear weapons" ?

The LDP and Kishida would rather appear to be working hard, in true Japanese style, than set achievable goals.

So the crony capitalist corporate welfare will continue while Kishida campaigns for a nuclear free world.

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Posted in: Yakuza bosses struggling to upgrade phones from 3G See in context

Even fans of these older styles of mobile phones for their simplicity and reliability are able to get newer versions with 4G capability, but that is still not an option for older yakuza. The reason is that they have been unable to sign a contract since 2011.

Japan has been disappointing my dreams of William Gibson-esque cyberpunk undergrounds since even before that.

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Posted in: Tight labor market leading to unsavory recruitment tactics in Japan See in context

Intense competition among Japanese companies trying to recruit new graduates has led some to engage in drastic and unprofessional tactics in a desperate attempt to lock in students who previously made informal commitments but have begun to waver.

The "free market" principles of supply and demand affect the market for people's labor.

Japan Inc.- Let's don't consider offering higher wages. Let's try fraud and dishonesty!

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Posted in: Japan adds 2 Russian, 1 Belarusian banks to sanctions list See in context

The assets of Credit Bank of Moscow, Russian Agricultural Bank, and the Belarusian Bank for Development and Reconstruction will be frozen and transactions with them will require prior government approval, effective July 7.

Sort of like the hoops foreigners have to go through to get a cashier check cut from a US bank deposited in a Japanese one.

LDP: That'll show Putin!!

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Posted in: Poverty in Japan spreading and deepening See in context

Working 12 hours a day six days a week, Tohoku taxi driver “Junpei Noda” (a pseudonym) earned 280,000 yen a month. He didn’t know how well off he was.

It’s barely a living wage, but living with his parents he got by all right.

Is this schedule and remuneration a sign that the "free market", neo liberal labor system is working?

Or that it has been designed so that workers are divorced from the fruits of their labor and the gains are all made by investors, middle men and dispatchers who managed to have the blessing of prior access to capital?

The pandemic was bad enough. Now there’s Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, with the worldwide economic havoc it’s wreaking.

Disaster capitalism uses these as convenient excuses while corporate profits and billionaire wealth inflate.


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Posted in: Couple arrested for leaving 2 children unattended while they played pachinko; 1 child dies See in context

Mitsuhiro Abe and his wife are suspected of leaving a 2-year-old boy and his 4-month-old brother alone at the home Wednesday in Kushiro, Hokkaido, from around 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. while they went to a pachinko parlor, the police said.

Substitute "pachinko" her with another social ill, say with illicit drugs sales, and how would the penalties, outrage and calls to action differ?

Pachinko is an addictive, regressive economic drain on the lower income members of society.

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Posted in: Victims speak up as Japan moves to protect young people in porn See in context

After much agonizing, she typed "porn" into an internet search, looking for a high-paying job as she struggled to pay her rent.

That the roots are economic are easy to see. Around most major stations there are the "job offer" signage trucks blaring music and promises of high pay, mostly directed at women.

They are looking for staff for "girls bars", hostess clubs and all the other varieties of the world of Japan's semi-legal prostitution.

That is the "gateway drug" to get them hooked and is supported by Japan Inc. by its absurdly low wages and opportunities for women and as recreation for its salaryman workforce.

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Posted in: Businesses pin hopes on foreign tourists as Japan set to reopen border See in context

A rickshaw puller carries tourists near Sensoji Buddhist temple in Tokyo's Asakusa district on Friday

Great plan Kishida. Create more rickshaw drivers and retail clerks getting paid the minimum who will be laid off again if there s a disruption in international travel.

The only ones getting rich would be the investors, who would get bailed out yet again by the taxpayer.

Is this "New Capitalism" and wealth distribution?

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Posted in: Republican candidate for Michigan governor charged over Jan 6 riot See in context

A Republican candidate for Michigan governor and ardent defender of former President Donald Trump

When one party in the two party political system of the most influential nation on Earth bases it's political philosophy on the idolization of a man like Donald Trump....

This could be the most dismal timeline for America.

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Posted in: After groundbreaking slave reparations report, what next? See in context

local laws, public officials and the courts were active in sustaining systemic racism in all facets of life for African Americans, despite the abolition of slavery in the 19th century.

The crime of going back on the promise of '40 acres and a mule' to freed slaves is a crime that has had a reverberating impact on American society.

It created an economic underclass.

The lack of closure on this tragedy of race relations has left an awful legacy.

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Posted in: Japan's lower house votes down no-confidence motion against cabinet See in context

The CDPJ has criticized Kishida's cabinet for only taking measures against rising gasoline prices, centering on subsidizing wholesalers, in the fiscal 2022 supplementary budget.

Though it came to nothing, at least someone is stating the Emperor has no clothes about the LDPs laser focus on corporate welfare and ignoring the welfare of the people.

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Posted in: U.S. opposes dictators? Yes! Except when it supports them See in context

Biden's decision to exclude the far-left leaders of Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela from this week's regional Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles is being touted as U.S. defense of democracy in action.

Old news.

Supporting feudalistic monarchs dismembering American journalists or the assassinations of democratically elected left leaning leaders and installing rightist dictators leading to decades of a reign of terror has always been American pie.

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Posted in: Kishida cabinet, lower house speaker face no-confidence motion See in context

The CDPJ-submitted motion also criticizes the Cabinet for not reviewing monetary easing by the Bank of Japan.

The CDPJ should call out this socialism for the rich as the LDP and BOJ economic strategy and win elections.


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Posted in: Japan's economy contracts, but at smaller rate than thought See in context

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is pushing what he calls “new capitalism.” He announced an outline of his strategy this week, aimed at jump-starting growth by pushing digitization, defense spending, start-up ventures and sustainable energy. He has also invited investments, declaring in English, “Invest in Kishida.”

No mention of wealth distribution this time with "new capitalism" ?

It has become so risible with only their proposals of corporate welfare . I guess the LDP have given up mentioning this and are just going with their QE policies (UBI for bankers) which makes them attractive for international investment.

When will the the Japanese workforce get fed up with being the tools for the global financial aspirations of the LDP gerontocracy?

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Posted in: Ex-Tokyo Olympics chief Mori displeased at backlash over sexist remarks See in context

The former prime minister also said, "The world is going crazy because politicians don't tell the real story."

Mori-san keeping it politically real:

"The LDP is a one-party oligarchy. Made up of incompetents blessed with familial and political connections.

We add nothing to the social welfare, we are essentially parasites existing on the labour of the hard-working Japanese people and provide a conduit of resources between them and our corporate masters. "

Come on Mori. Your opinions on women are old hat.

Tell us the real political story.

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Posted in: How do you prepare children for an uncertain job future as technology and AI make more jobs for humans obsolete? See in context

How do you prepare children for an uncertain job future as technology and AI make more jobs for humans obsolete?

Learn to code?

No really, now with "no-code" and ML made algorithms that may be gone soon to.

The humanities degrees viewed as useless in the modern job market might be a last bastion of human creativity.

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