Why is it that all these western political leaders who rail on about China are so eager to take donations from corporations profiting off of China's lower labour costs and environmental standards? Some of these corporations will be Olympic sponsors for the corporate games. So why don't we hear Trudeau and his neoliberal crowd condemn them as well as the Chinese authorities?
They always play this duplicitous and cynical game, appearing progressive on social and political issues while supporting laws and policies that help further enrich the transnational companies and investors that control our lives.
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So China is once again bailing out Japan's economy.
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We all know what "mass" means in Tokyo. People passing through Shinjuku station during rush-hour. The exodus overseas at New Year's or Obon holidays. The big crowds going for discount shopping... This just doesn't measure up.
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the government will "carry on with preparations while listening to a range of opinions."
Indeed, the small range from the global corporate side of the socio-economic spectrum.
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Good idea! The AstraZeneca vaccine is considered too dangerous for Japanese people, so just let people in Taiwan use it.
In fact, complication and deaths are rare, and Japanese authorities should assist Taiwan, since they can't figure out how to set up distribution channels here and lack the leadership to persuade the Japanese public to quickly get vaccinate, even if this were possible.
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When the world is overfilled with human, bent on destroying their host planet, in full awareness, why are people so concerned with low birthrates and population declines? Rather, these should be celebrated, especially in places with a huge ecological footprint.
For Japan, the overshoot day for 2021 is estimated to be May 6th. This means that people in Japan (including non-Japanese) will have used up their proportion of world resources at that time, based on sustainability limits. Of course, the world's population now uses much more than the yearly sustainable amount, which means we are borrowing heavily from the future, especially in the advanced industrial nations.
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And I thought the 'world's leading bank robbers' were the banks themselves. Oh, right, they are the 'world's leading central bank robbers'.
Rather than money or even cryptocurrency, isn't the most valuable commodity, today, personal information? If so, then there is a much higher level of thief that operates in the light of day.
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Nomura Research Institute is part of Nomura Holdings, and we can see in the link below that Nomura Holdings is a very proud supporter of the Olympics. Should we drink this Kool-aid? And shouldn't this article, for fair and objective reporting, point out this connection?
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Typical neo-liberal governance. First out-source the country's medical services and gut the community health programmes, in the name of lower-cost efficiency, and then use greater amounts of tax funding to hire private services.
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The ¥100,000 blanket tax return (so-called handout) took months to implement and was a huge time and cost burden on local governments. This time, local authorities are going to have to means test, which is an additional load, especially as more services are now remote. Then there is the question of what will happen to all the private data on the more precarious members of society.
Helping those in need directly is a good idea, but the implementation process needs thoughtfulness. The government has had more than a year to develop a plan. Have they?
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Most people could accept the state of emergency decision for the first wave, as there was no other action to take. The next state of emergency was accepted, because we thought with the creation of vaccinations, in the near term there was a path out of the pandemic. Now, there is a growing frustration and anger, as the government's negligence in the vaccination process means we are in an extended emergency and could face months more before enough people receive the jab, with delays and further suffering caused by an Olympics few want.
Will this lead to further political apathy and resignation (仕方ない), or can this be a turning point to activate citizens to get involved and choose better representatives, who will hold authority figures in the bureaucracy to account?
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By considering using the "Self-Defense" Forces, is the government of Japan recognizing that the Olympics are a threat to the nation, which needs to be protected? If so, wouldn't the best strategic move be to cancel the event, rather than battle it?
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just not--just now. (JT comments need the option to edit.)
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Japan has long depended on imports, especially for food and energy. So we might think that there is a basic understanding that after you import, you need to distribute and sell, or you just have a pile of aging inventory. So now we hear that Japan has a huge stockpile of vaccines and we have the central and all these local governments just not considering how to get people vaccinated. This is beyond thoughtlessness; it is negligence, and those in authority positions should be held legally responsible for deaths.
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The preservation of the most selfish and self-righteous members of the human species is destroying the life chances of minorities and many other species. Man in the mirror time for Yana and the like.
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Day after day, we have news of these old guys from the Olympic gang, likely already double vaccinated, making dictatorial statements about proceeding with a possibly large spreader event. How did we get to this anti-democratic condition, where the needs of global capital preempts the safety of a local population?
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So what this really mean, considering Abe's loosening of laws regulating the export of weapons, is that Japan's military industry and their political friends seek to profit by transferring our taxes through the corporate welfare scam. Using the hot-button issue of China is an easy way to get the public to go along with their own impoverishment.
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Japan used to be a country that would study practices around the world, adopt, adapt and advance. Now it is an inward looking, declining and aging nation-state, with the political and economic elite clinging to power.
This is an example. While other countries have been using pharmacists for months to help rapidly vaccinate their populations, Japan now starts to consider it, which means it will take month more of discussions and planning before operations begin.
Why not also use acupuncturists and veterinarians. Giving a jab is much easier than designing and building the bullet-train.
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This government is the embarrassing flaw that needs to be fixed.
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This makes sense, as Japan has done such a good job stockpiling the vaccine we can all feel safe knowing it's in a nearby warehouse, so it's time to open to more variants.
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If a significant number of volunteers opted out, this would stop the "games".
One thing that has not been discussed much is why Suga and his gang can push ahead with the Olympics, overwhelmingly against the present will of the public, and also not care much about moving quickly on vaccinations, which might shift more people back to the pro-Olympic camp. The why is that there is no political risk, because the same lot gets elected time and again, despite taking Japan from the top ranks of the OECD on most social and economic indicators 30 years ago to the level the more corrupt and inept regimes today.
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There are a couple of questions that the neoliberal posters here need to sufficiently answer to have any credibility.
1) Why in neoliberal capitalist nations is some form of democracy upheld as a virtue in the realm civic life, but not in our workplaces?
2) Why should we think that structuring the political economy so that a small percentage of people pursuing an over-accumulation of capital privately will lead to the greater good for the society, especially when the overwhelming evidence of wealth inequality and environmental damage shows than the cost of that over-accumulation is a burden by the few on the many?
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What this article fails to inform readers, is that Japan has one of the largest scholarships and writing on Marx of any country. Read more about this from the link below.
As Saito shows us with his excellent scholarship, Marx was well ahead of his times, not only on the contradictions of capital related to inequality, but also the irresolvable contradiction of never-ending growth on a finite planet. Marx, in looking at industrial agriculture practices and soil metabolism, understood that we cannot keep taking out nutrition and not replace it. He saw that we are bound, inevitably, by ecological limitation, and must live sustainably.
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Did the survey reduce bias by asking how many would prefer or accept the naught alternative?
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"evaluating COVID-19 vaccines swiftly"
While there may be a need for alternative evaluation methods, there is a much bigger need in Japan for eliminating unnecessary approval bureaucracy for vaccines that have already been tested, studied, approved and given to millions of people around the world with minimum side-effects.
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We've had over a decade of population decline in Japan so far and it has produced no noticable environmental benefits at all. None.
This is true, reducing the human population is not sufficient to stave off the pending ecological doom, but it is a key factor. The other is a change in the political economic ideology and practice of never-ending-growth on this finite planet, which basically means an end to the capitalist mode of over-accumulation. Can we achieve either of these in a non-violent way?
Ronald Wright's 'A Short History of Progress' lays out clearly, with historical examples, of what happens when human populations get so set on a course of destruction, removed from their ecological limits, that they dismiss all the negative feedback, until it's overwhelming but far too late. We have gotten to that point, and all we can work for now is to break in time to mitigate the impact, not avoid it.
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This is not a cause of concern, but rather a sign of hope. The population of Japan rapidly grew from the end of Tokugawa and especially in the early half of the 20th century, to the point where ecological carrying capacity was greatly exceeded and Japan was forced to export people, then colonize and, when that didn't work out, accept permanent occupation to have US military protected, global access to enough calories to feed the population. Until Japan can get closer to food self-sufficiency, population decline should be embraced.
With too many humans propelling the climate emergency and collapsing ecosystems, especially the ones with big ecological footprints, actually shouldn't all nations follow Japan's lead and rapidly reduce their populations?
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So, why not just eat fresh and nutritious plants, instead of highly processed, food-like substances, if one has a concern for personal health and environmental sustainability?
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Hopefully this includes those on service duty.
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This makes so much sense. Set up one centre and make elderly people all travel long distances and crowded trains to line up close together for a jab.
Why not set up pop-up clinics in many neighbourhoods, and even train acupuncture specialists and others with similar experience to apply the vaccine?
Hold on, I'm asking for flexible, out-of-the-box thinking from a one-pattern governmental mentality.
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