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Posted in: Princess Mako's boyfriend to meet her parents ahead of marriage See in context

So what type of tea will be served and what kind of sweets will accompany the tea?

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Posted in: Japanese businesses urge active policy debate in run-up to election See in context

Why are just the wishes of business leaders and organizations always reported. What would labour groups like to see the political parties do? What about environmental organization, with the existential threat of the climate emergency? How about the wishes of women's organizations, given the pathetic condition of women's participation in Japanese politics.

We know what the capitalists want--greater short-term and long-term profits--and we know they can get what they want with their greater ability to donate and to lobby. Do we need to always read about their wishes?

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Posted in: Japan, S Korea leaders look to deepen ties, despite strains See in context

The politicians love to posture for the nationalists in both countries and animosity helps justify transferring public tax money as corporate welfare to the military industries, while in fact Korea and Japan have deep economic, cultural and social ties, regardless of the leaders' phone call pecking order.

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Posted in: Gov't to boost hospital capacity to treat more COVID patients See in context

NOW? Might have planned and implemented this say about 1.5 years ago, before citizens died unnecessarily.

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Posted in: Kishida says only LDP capable of protecting Japan from security threats See in context

The usual fear mongering and spin to hide the next round of corporate welfare payments to the military industries, who will cycle some of the graft money back to their LDP loyalist. There seems no end to this class warfare.

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Posted in: Nuclear option: Earth's climate panacea or poison? See in context

Nuclear seems only to be an option if we want to keep on consuming and populating the planet at the same rate as now. With the loss of species and ecological collapse occurring, this is really not an option, which means we must decrease the human population and our over-consumption of natural resources. Few want to have this talk, but the whole world should adopt a one child policy.

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Posted in: Japan opposition pledges to tax the rich in election platform See in context

The CDPJ's campaign platform will claim that "Abenomics," the policy mix implemented by the former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his successor Yoshihide Suga, has caused the gap between the rich and the rest of the population to widen.

No need just to make a claim. It's fact. See the link below for some good graphs detailing the degree to which Abenomics increased precarity and inequality.

https://apjjf.org/2018/6/INOUE.html

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Posted in: Kishida to seek economic growth before redistributing wealth See in context

Sorry. Typos from previous post.

*ever more humans

*rely heavily on

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Posted in: Kishida to seek economic growth before redistributing wealth See in context

At its core, GDP measured growth is based on every more humans using ever more energy (to produce and destroy material from nature. Most services relay heavily on materials and human activity that requires energy. So in the case of Japan, with a rapidly shrinking population (which is good for ecological sustainability goals), economic growth is impossible, unless the country is flooded with tourists and immigrants.

The new focus must be on quality of life (beyond material consumption) and sharing (Yes! real redistribution). Of course Kishida lacks the mentality or leadership ability to shift Japan in the direction it needs to go.

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Posted in: Kishida says he has no plan to change financial income tax for now See in context

This guy is one of the new type of Keynsian neoliberals. They spin the role of government, but really don't address the question of redistribution in any structural way. Take the quote below. We can imagine that only larger companies, with good profit margins and probably nice corporate welfare benefits will be able to increase wages. Often the requirements are a general % wage increase, with no necessity that it applies to all workers. Also, the paperwork for such subsidies is very burdensome, so the huge number of small and mid-sized businesses that employ most people will not be able to take advantage. But the real question, is why leave it up to the private capitalist class to decide the life outcomes of citizens in a democracy?

During the TV program, Kishida reiterated that his government will promote tax breaks for companies that raise wages for employees.

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Posted in: Report touts benefits of second jobs for workers, firms See in context

As usual, many articles about reports produced by industrial organizations appear in the media, but very few articles on reports produced by labour organizations. Does not seem that news media is upholding standards of fairness and objectivity.

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Posted in: A decade after Jobs' death, has Apple traded magic for profit? See in context

Really? Do any mid to large sized corporations continue to innovate? Did Jobs really continue to innovate, or just use all his capital to hire innovators with no money or to buy out start-ups with good ideas? Always the media want to front some hero capitalist, such as Jobs or Musk, but its usually the people we don't hear about who are the team of innovators.

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Posted in: PM hopefuls rally local support with focus on tourism, agriculture See in context

"We need to make agriculture a profitable business," Kishida said.

It's the same old hashed beef coming out of these politicians mouths.

So is Kishida suggesting Japan pull out of the TPP and other trade partnership agreements, which further expose Japan to global commodity markets and products produced with cheap labour and fewer environmental regulations? Or he'll get supermarkets to start competing on how high their prices can be and then pass these profits on to agricultural companies, and of course their workers? Maybe he wants to bring in tens of thousands of migrant farmers from Africa and put them on low-wage trainee contracts. Please, sir, explain.

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Posted in: Digital Agency exec punished; minister returns month's salary over dining See in context

So then it's OK for government officials to expense account tens of thousands of yen for dining (during pandemic emergency restrictions) with employees of corporations that the government is then going to hand out corporate welfare to. And the rest of us meet for ¥500 coffees or over the internet.

Japan needs and independent body with the authority to really hold accountable and fire bureaucrats that break ethical rules, such as this Akaishi fellow.

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Posted in: U.S. marks 20th anniversary of 9/11 See in context

What especially Americans need to reflect on at this time is how their foreign policy and the exploitation of the resources and peoples in many regions of the world by their transnational corporations was deeply connected to the 9/11 aerial attacks and how the anger and fear after led to the US military conducting an illegal and unjustified war of terrorism against mostly people not at all involved in 9/11, both abroad and in their own country.

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Posted in: Japan likely to have general election in 1st half of November See in context

Under the current Constitution, there has been no new prime minister heading into a national election without making a policy speech before the Diet.

Yes, this is important, so we can know to which private entities our tax payments will go as part of the huge corporate welfare giveaways that are part of the LDP's longstanding class warfare.

Here is a link to an excellent article showing with good statistical evidence the growth of inequality and precarity under Abe, though that was just the most recent period.

https://apjjf.org/2018/6/INOUE.html

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Posted in: Japan to raise prices of imported wheat by 19% See in context

This is another example of the censored news related to the climate emergency. "Unfavorable weather", the writer here names it, when there is factual data about the impacts of human induced climate change on food production. Only need to look at maps of the shifting agriculture zones in North America to know the future crop production of key staples looks bleak and people in the middle and lower classes should expect to pay a much higher percentage of their incomes for social reproduction from now, especially with the spiral down pressure on wages.

Industrial agricultural practices are also not mentioned in this article. These include too much tilling and over-use of fertilizers to compensate for soil nutrient deplenishment, which lead in the long-term to lower yields, are also not mentioned in this article.

Isn't the purpose of journalism to inform the public?

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Posted in: Local governments trying to set up temporary COVID treatment sites See in context

What should have been initiated and coordinated by the central government at least 6 months ago, based on the knowledge about the Delta variant coming from overseas, was dumped on local governments once at the last minute with no plan. With this kind of negligence, many in administrative leadership positions should be investigated for dereliction of duty.

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Posted in: Paralympic closing marks end of Tokyo's 8-year Olympic saga See in context

@TokyoJoe @MarkX

It will take longer than years to pay this off. The Montreal Olympic debt of C$1.6bn took 40 years, and the T-Olympic debt, when adjusted for inflation, is far greater.

I'm not sure about Shintaro Ishihara angle, but this was also about a huge transfer of public money to private corporations, as part of Japan's usual corporate welfare schemes. The LDP politicians are deeply wed to the cement and other built environment industries (and of course Dentsu, the banks, the auto industry, etc.) and together they always come up with new massive projects that ruin the natural environment and increase the tax burden on the young and future generations.

And all for a few weeks of sporting events. What a huge opportunity cost: money waste that could have been used to deal with the human made Fukashima nuclear disaster, the climate emergency, biodiversity collapse, the Covid pandemic, even creating smaller sporting infrastructure that we could use daily, such as playing fields.

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Posted in: Suga's one-year term recalls Japan's revolving door era See in context

Aren't the people of Japan better served with the revolving door? The longer terms of Koizumi and Abe have led to the deep implementation of neoliberal policies and a class war that has expanded the wealth gap and brought precarity to a significant percentage of households.

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Posted in: U.S. says Afghan evacuees who fail initial screening Kosovo-bound See in context

It's OK for the US to send any kind of yahoo with a weapon into other countries to storm homes and terrorize neighbourhoods, but a heavy screening occurs in questionable sites when people seek refuge in the failed aftermath of an invasion and occupation.

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Posted in: LDP leader hopefuls position themselves as general election looms See in context

The headline says the LDP leader hopefuls position themselves, but this puff-piece does not tell us at all what their "positions" are on the range of key issues facing the nation, nor does it go into any detail about their leadership qualities, simply telling us this one is popular and this one has the "right credentials".

These hopefuls have held key administrative positions, so how did they perform? What did they specifically achieve or what controversy have they faced?

Ryotaro Nakamaru, some serious journalism, please.

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Posted in: Kishida says he will present new policy options in bid for LDP leadership See in context

Dylan sings in one song, "all things old can be new again". This is appropriate for another LDP leader's race. Suga will insist his second coming will be new and improved, like the latest dishwashing detergent. And Kishida will try to bleach the stained neo-nationalist, neo-liberal policy agenda, trying to "make Japan proud again" and dressing up more deregulation and class war, this time, as Fumiomics.

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Posted in: Kabul airport attack kills 60 Afghans, 13 U.S. troops See in context

The US War of Terror and imperial hubris once again comes back to bite, but many of the victims are not combatants, not the neocon and neoliberal ideologues, not weapons makers and investors and not the war-room planners and generals.

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Posted in: Kishida to run against Suga in LDP leadership race See in context

Just what Japan and the Asian region needs as the next so-called leader, another member of the ultranationalist Nippon Kaigi.

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Posted in: Illegal amounts of overtime going on at 37% of Japanese companies in government inspections See in context

@Do the hustle

It is not culture, it is exploitation based on unequal power relations. We all need to ask why we have some degree of democracy in our civil lives, but don't demand this in our workplaces, which are run more autocratically.

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Posted in: Japan halts use of 1.63 mil Moderna vaccine doses over contamination See in context

No doubt people will freak out about the foreign material, and of course there should be concern until the substance is identified, but this should be put into perspective when we think about all the foreign substances that go into our bodies every day. There are the microplastics in food, air and water. There are the fragments for rat hairs and fecal matter in our flour. There is all the chemicals in the products we use or in the environment that are taken up and accumulated in our bodies, etc...

This is an unfortunate development and will make more people vaccine hesitant at a time when Japan needs to rapidly increase the vaccinate rate. Let's hope calmer heads will prevail. There are always recalls of some batches of a product.

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Posted in: Japan to expand state of emergency to 8 more prefectures See in context

There has always been only one way out of this pandemic: immunity. Vaccines offer an alternative to populations building natural immunity, which comes with a huge death rate.

Forced social engineering, in the long run, clearly doesn't work, as the rise in cases in New Zealand is showing. Border controls and lockdowns can only be temporary steps to buy time to develop a vaccine and secure the health system.

The Japanese authorities have failed on all counts. A slow vaccine role-out, with no locally produced vaccine, inept planning to provide enough hospital beds, a weak emergency enforcement mechanism, pathetic mixed messaging, which saps legitimacy, etc...

Only the pre-Covid accepted behaviour or mask wearing and the better health of the population has prevented the larger death rates seen elsewhere.

Now that the vaccination system has geared up, the challenge will be to get a high percentage of people jabbed. Yet we don't hear about plans for this, only more state of emergency calls to stay-at-home. What about moving quickly to create a disincentive programme, where people who don't want to cooperate, and don't show proof of vaccination, will be denied access to services and will require more regular paid out-of-pocket testing?

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Posted in: TEPCO to build undersea tunnel to release Fukushima water; gov't to buy marine products See in context

Of course they want to work closely with the pro-nuclear International Atomic Energy Agency. Wouldn't want any real critique of your plan from say, ecologists.

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Posted in: Defense Ministry to seek over ¥5.4 tril defense budget with China in mind See in context

Now that the Olympics are over, with all the corporate welfare benefits it gave to the construction industries, the LDP turns to another favorite venue for transferring public money to private businesses and investors. Desire was used to sell the former payout and now fear is used to sell the legitimacy of this new weaponized giveaway. It is complete hypocrisy when the people who have profited from the deep economic relationship with China scaremonger about the Chinese threat. Corporate states and all of their players inside and outside of government, around the globe, are a threat to the peace and security of ordinary people, and we should not let our tribal attachments blind us to the real workings of wealth and power.

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