Tim Sullivan comments

Posted in: Kishida warns Japan on brink of social dysfunction amid falling birthrate See in context

TV is still showing those good family lifestyle commercials where the wife stays home while the husband goes to work and the kids are happy in the morning

A more accurate representation of the current Japanese reality would be a couple slaving away at dead-end baito jobs for 1,000 yen an hour (the US minimum wage c. 1986). And they have to maintain the facade of politeness while living these shitty fake lives. A cruel system. Everyone is an actor in Japan.

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Posted in: Kishida warns Japan on brink of social dysfunction amid falling birthrate See in context

I would be very worried about the Japanese pension schemes in the future. It's not sustainable. The average payout is 150000 yen a month for 1 of the schemes and just 65000 yen month for the other scheme. You need 40 years of contributions to get the full payment. Might be best to start a plan B for your retirement plans.

They can always print more yen, so you will get your pension -- the problem is the currency won't be worth anything by the time we get to retire.

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Posted in: Japan Inc finally giving raises, just not to everyone See in context

Most Japanese are now members of the precariat. The country is getting poorer by the day and society is starting to break down. Japan Today seems reluctant to report on the gangs that are robbing (and killing) old people for a pittance in the suburbs. How desperately poor do you have to be to do that? I never thought Japan would get this bad -- it's really shocking.

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Posted in: Man arrested over murder of 3 family members in Saitama Prefecture See in context

The suburbs are full of nutjobs -- that's one reason they're so cheap. My advice is rent, don't buy -- it's easier to move if you are unfortunate enough to have a wacko neighbor. The police will do nothing to help you.

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Posted in: Terry Hall, singer of ska band The Specials, dies aged 63 See in context

RIP Terry. Ghost Town sums up the mood of Thatcher's Britain in 1981, but it also describes what is happening right now in Japan in 2022. Things are going to get a lot worse.

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Posted in: Announcement of Don Quijote’s beloved mascot being changed has shoppers in shock See in context

Donki is brilliant -- I love shopping there. You can find stuff you won't get anywhere else in Japan. The staff are great as well.

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Posted in: What will your Christmas be like this year? See in context

Bleak and hopeless as usual -- I expect things will become even worse next year. There is nothing to look forward to.

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Posted in: What are some of your favorite Christmas songs or carols? See in context

Fairytale of New York (feat. Kirsty MacColl) [Top of The Pops Dec 1987] - YouTube

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Posted in: S Korea, U.S., Japan to coordinate sanctions on N Korea See in context

Trump's threat to "totally destroy" North Korea kept us safe for a few years. The current diaper-wearing POTUS isn't made of the same stuff. Let's hope the Donald gets reelected in 2024.

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Posted in: Japanese gov't wants to give people an extra ¥80,000 to have babies See in context

Only the plebs who are living from paycheck to paycheck are going to reproduce themselves for 80,000 yen -- this is not very smart policy. Extinction may be the kindest option for Japan -- there isn't much that is actually worth preserving about this society.

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Posted in: Japan eyes higher corporate, tobacco taxes to fund defense spending See in context

How about a tax on prostitution? One of Japan's biggest industries.

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Posted in: Japan births at new low as population shrinks and ages See in context

It's going to be Dad's Army fighting China (some of you may remember the classic BBC series from the 1970s).

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Posted in: Japan births at new low as population shrinks and ages See in context

It really is a hopeless situation. I've been here for 40 years and it is steadily getting worse. My advice to young people here -- get out while you still can.

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Posted in: String of ministerial changes may prod Kishida to reshuffle cabinet See in context

Kishida is a ditherer who can't make decisions. He is not doing anything about inflation or wages that haven't gone up in 30 years. People are tired of being exploited.

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Posted in: Kishida picks former Foreign Minister Matsumoto as new internal affairs head See in context

I just love that chair -- I hope IKEA will make a scaled-down version that would fit in my living room.

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Posted in: Japan steps up push to get public to sign up for digital IDs See in context

Patrick McGoohan got it right over 50 years ago in The Prisoner: "I'm not a number, I'm a free man!"

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Posted in: Kishida promises to meet with people affected by Unification Church See in context

He's about as much use as Liz Truss. A photo op followed by ... nothing.

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Posted in: Yen inches up against dollar from 32-year low on intervention fears See in context

All I know is that the yen is sinking and I am taking advantage of the fantastic pound exchange rate-the wife is happy too!

Even the pound is a better place to put your money than the yen right now. Not a good sign...

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Posted in: Yen inches up against dollar from 32-year low on intervention fears See in context

Thanks to Kishida and Kuroda, we've all become 30 percent poorer since the start of the year.

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Posted in: Kishida's support lowest since he became PM See in context

Japan has many smart and talented people -- unfortunately none of them become politicians.

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Posted in: Japan set to honor assassinated Abe at controversial funeral See in context

Abe-san is smiling down at us from heaven now -- thank you for your wonderful Abenomics and the masks.

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Posted in: 3-year-old girl dies after being left in bus for 5 hours See in context

Poor little girl. Her parents will be haunted by her death for the rest of their lives. How could this have happened?

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Posted in: Japan bids farewell to Abe at funeral in Tokyo See in context

Will his incompetent security guards be prosecuted? Aren't you supposed to take a bullet for your boss? They just ran away!

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Posted in: Abe assassination raises questions about security for VIPs in Japan See in context

"The person needs to be covered from all directions" -- you don't have to be a VIP security specialist to know that. Will the people who failed to protect Abe be punished for their incompetence? Of course not -- this is Japan!

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Posted in: Shooter says he believed Abe promoted religious group that bankrupted his mother See in context

The "elite" security team was about as much use as a chocolate fireguard. The octogenarians at my local shopping center could have done a better job.

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Posted in: Woody Allen says next movie may be his last in talk with Alec Baldwin See in context

I thought he was dead.

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Posted in: Party leaders debate ahead of Upper House election See in context

It seems that Komeito's main function is to prop up the Living Dead Party.

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Posted in: Party leaders debate ahead of Upper House election See in context

I predict an LDP landslide -- nothing will ever change in this country.

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Posted in: Biggest rail strike in 30 years brings UK to standstill See in context

I thought Maggie Thatcher put a stop to all that union nonsense.

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Posted in: People in some parts of Japan now legally allowed to smile for their driver’s license photos See in context

This is like a story from the Rising Wasabi. Unfortunately, most people in Japan have nothing to smile about these days. Everything is steadily getting worse by the day. But don't worry, the Living Dead Party will win the Upper House elections by a landslide!

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