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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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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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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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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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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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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Fairytale of New York (feat. Kirsty MacColl) [Top of The Pops Dec 1987] - YouTube
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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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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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How about a tax on prostitution? One of Japan's biggest industries.
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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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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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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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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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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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He's about as much use as Liz Truss. A photo op followed by ... nothing.
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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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Thanks to Kishida and Kuroda, we've all become 30 percent poorer since the start of the year.
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Abe-san is smiling down at us from heaven now -- thank you for your wonderful Abenomics and the masks.
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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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"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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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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I thought he was dead.
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It seems that Komeito's main function is to prop up the Living Dead Party.
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I predict an LDP landslide -- nothing will ever change in this country.
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I thought Maggie Thatcher put a stop to all that union nonsense.
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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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