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Posted in: Holes poked in mesh screen barrier at popular Mount Fuji viewing spot See in context

Hilarious fail on the part of the local government there. Very cringeworthy honestly.

It definitely feels like Japan has recently been taking lots of Ls and coping over the fact that they are declining economically. Fell behind Germany in GDP and about to fall behind India, GDP per capita is REALLY low given non-per capita, printed/wasted a lot of money during Covid, the joke I see going around is a picture of the Zimbabwe currency with the caption "The yen in 2024", getting bullied by China on trade but also having to do these summits with them in order to try and woo them for economic purposes, ect.

If they stopped focusing so much on "unruly foreigners" and instead harnessed that energy to vote for change in the upcoming elections, Japan could actually bounce back and rebrand into something of a leader. But sadly that probably won't happen.

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Posted in: High-profile opposition figure Renho to run for Tokyo governor See in context

GO RENHO! Yuriko Koike was an absolute disaster during Covid.

We need more leaders in Japan that are pro-women, pro-foreigner, pro-worker, and not pro-LDP, not pro-corporate collectivist, not pro-oligarch.

I hope every young woman in Tokyo gets out and votes for her. I certainly would if I could.

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Posted in: Japanese authorities urge caution after wild bears attack several people in the northeast See in context

Honestly, if bear attacks continue to be a problem in the mountainous regions and it is affecting residents, it may be time for them to consider legalizing rifles. They can keep them banned in the cities, I think that's a fair compromise, but otherwise no more J-Nanny state.

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Posted in: Japan cram school creates AI detection system for university applications See in context

The modern university system is inherently predatory. Those that behave dishonestly should expect dishonesty.

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Posted in: Japanese authorities urge caution after wild bears attack several people in the northeast See in context

I think it's funny that the occurrence of this coincides with the whole "alone in the woods with a man or a bear" debate recently.

Nonetheless, a big part of the reason I choose the urban lifestyle over the wilderness adventure are reasons like this. Nature is scary.

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Posted in: Saudi crown prince seeks soft power in game hub Japan See in context

They are the polar opposite to Japanese values.

You're right. "They" are thinking big. They are being ambitious. They are thinking ahead and thinking of the future.

The Japanese are still endlessly trying to solve yesterday's problems.

We criticize Japan for its toxic overworked culture, but they don't sit on top of land with an autogenerate-money feature, can't just sit around in the sun getting free lunches. Without a disciplined work culture, Japan would be nothing.

Their work culture is a big part of the reason why they are on the decline. People are working absurdly long hours and have no work-life balance, which is causing social problems ie men and women not interacting or forming meaningful relationships, which means people aren't having kids, which is helping the population slide downwards, meaning lower tax revenue, meaning all of the great social programs and government programs Japanese people like will eventually wither away because they can't fund them. All those great trains? Many of the stations are closing outside of a handful of regions. Small towns are disappearing, some even in Kanto.

Moreover since the 1960s they basically abandoned agriculture in favor of a service based economy, and now Japan imports over 60% of its food, meanwhile the service economy isn't actually producing anything worthwhile. All they can really do is try to copy things the west has done in hopes they can catch up.

Mass immigration is not the answer. But we don't need the oyajis anymore, either. Send them to retirement, I don't even mind if they get a nice goodbye package in the process. But they have failed at running things. Bring in the foreign consultants to run the companies and assist the government and I guarantee you there will be more investment into Japan and the economic situation could stabilize.

The first part of the process is accepting that there is a big problem. So I for one welcome our new Saudi overlords.

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Posted in: Saudi crown prince seeks soft power in game hub Japan See in context

Campaigners say Saudi's quest for soft power belies a dire rights record, and Human Rights Watch this week called on Kishida to press Prince Mohammed on the issue.

And this will accomplish literally nothing. Biden criticizing Japan's attitudes on immigrants accomplished NOTHING, aside from upsetting the netto uyoku as well as many "Pick me!" foreigners (which was quite entertaining I suppose).

Kishida, take the deal. Your society is becoming an irrelevant joke. Most of your industries are doing nothing noteworthy and many companies here are receiving corporate welfare to prevent millions of people from becoming unemployed. Since your yen is tumbling so hard you might as well just put everything up for sale anyway. I would LOVE to watch all of these useless oyajis get evicted and replaced with young and dynamic foreigners that will make the workplaces more open and productive.

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Posted in: U.S. to have official in Tokyo dedicated to monitoring China See in context

Strategically, it makes sense. Although I don't really think China poses much of a direct national security threat to the US, they certainly do engage in some rather dubious things over here in the land of the rising sun. As we are bound by duty to provide for Japan's national defense, this surely falls under that umbrella of commitment, so as an American I deem this acceptable.

Diplomats carrying out these specialized duties are known as regional China officers, a category launched during the previous administration under Donald Trump.

Sweet!

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Posted in: Japan begins 6th release of Fukushima treated radioactive water See in context

Hmmm, this is rather odd. I was under the impression they had already finished this process. So how many more tons of water do they need to release? I originally backed Japan up on this issue, but I'm not a fan of the extent to which they seemingly misled us on how long this would take.

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Posted in: Musk confirms Twitter has become X.com See in context

While Musk is pumping out his "Made in China" cars, you won't hear a word of criticism against the Communist Party and their complete censorship.

Which is fine. Because I don't live in China. I can opt not to use WeChat or anything Chinese. I'm not concerned about Chinese censorship. I'm concerned about Western censorship, because I was born in the west. I DO live in Japan, which is why I'm concerned about Japanese media propaganda and some of the things they've done in recent years which contradict their promise to civil liberties.

A lot of the "anti-China" stuff I see actually has sinister intentions. All of a sudden if you question any official western narrative that goes against their interests, you are automatically labelled pro-China. If you criticize Japanese nationalists or the netto uyoku, you are pro-China.

The playbook they are using against Musk has been done a thousand times before and it is so unbelievably cliche at this point. It is just high-level people trying to protect themselves because they are responsible for the sad state their societies are in now.

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Posted in: Musk confirms Twitter has become X.com See in context

It is only a free speech platform if Musky baby agrees with you, other wise it is not. Every one must hail the emperor......especially before the knives in the back.

This is incorrect, there is plenty of content on X that is anti-Elon/anti-Tesla/anti-X. Aside from some rare outliers, you cannot post peoples location without their consent or engage in activities that break the law. There. That's X's social contract. Doesn't seem that outrageous to me.

I still come across plenty of pro-trans/LGBTQ/antifa/BLM content on the platform, so to suggest it is an echo chamber is not really accurate.

Musk loves the CCP and, funnily enough, has never said a negative thing about them publicly. No shock he wants to emulate their controlled social media.

This is just delusional. Musk has no interest in wanting to "emulate" China. In various spaces I've heard him talk about how he is worried that western countries are starting to emulate China. Actually lots of people are guilty of this when it comes to their ideological opposition, throwing around massively loaded terms of "nazis", "fascists", "colonists", "antisemites", ect.

Musk has business interests in China and he also realizes that nothing he says about the lack of human rights there will accomplish anything. Because it's a lost cause. Just the other week Biden criticized Japan's attitude towards immigrants - I seem to remember you singing an entirely different tune on that. You want people to criticize the countries that you don't like but you don't want them to criticize the countries you do like. Can't really have it both ways.

Also funny to me how everytime the question of X's content gets brought up, surpringly missing from the conversation is any mention of the massive amount of xenophobic hate coming from Japan's own netto uyoku or the well-adjusted "Pick me!" foreigners. It's only the North American or European bigots that get mentioned.

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Posted in: Musk confirms Twitter has become X.com See in context

I don’t remember it being that good to begin with. It was always a cesspool of ‘influencers’ ( some aren’t so bad ), sock puppets, spammers, conspiracy theorists, fabulists, s##tposters, trolls and other assorted bottom feeders.

I honestly think the platform is better off now than it was before.

Did people just forget about how active ISIS was in the mid-2010s and how long it took to get them removed? Twitter's moderation was an absolute JOKE. They literally were more concerned with banning people for offensive jokes than actual terrorist organizations. Totally irresponsible. Go Elon.

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Posted in: Musk confirms Twitter has become X.com See in context

Elon Musk buying Twitter will eventually stand alongside other earth-shattering, major global events of the 21st century, such as legalization of Cannabis or Trump winning the 2016 election. One of those "Ah yes, that's when everything changed" type of moments. What's going on with X is definitely a bigger deal than the 2020 or 2024 elections.

I remember when people said that the company would fail, but X doesn't seem to be doing too bad honestly. Threads, BlueSky, and Mastodon have still failed to really put any kind of dent in X's userbase. Even the people on X who hate the way Elon runs the platform are still on the platform. So I think that says something. Twitter was always about people building an online brand and marketing themselves to strangers, not as a means of connecting with friends or family (that's what Facebook is for).

Is it a toxic platform at times? Of course it is. Every platform has some degree of toxicity. What matters is if the rules are consistent and being applied fairly. If you don't like it, you have a variety of alternatives you are free to choose from - but you won't. You'll keep going back to X. Because that's where new information originates from. That's the staying power of the platform, and why the rules need to be balanced.

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Posted in: Tokyo’s beckoning cat temple asks foreign tourists to stop writing on the beckoning cats they buy See in context

And here it is, folks! The current moral panic of the week. Yet another example of the media dangling the "unruly foreigner" trope intended to distract Japanese people from the impending collapse of their society. The yen is crashing, Japan is falling in GDP and India will pass them next year, wages are stagnating with Japan lagging in the 30s when it comes to GDP per capita, the politicians are corrupt and selling influence, and the corporate culture is starting to rot and decay from the inside out.

How long are they going to allow themselves to be manipulated? They need to focus on important matters, not trivial situations involving tourists.

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Posted in: Japan economy suffers worse-than-expected contraction of 0.5% See in context

The business and political leaders in this country have failed the people. Time to kick the geezers out of power.

Japanese people need to organize and fast. They also need to stop getting distracted by the media dangling the "unruly foreigner" trope in front of them.

Do they want to have difficult conversations about this now or really want to wait fifty years into the future and risk there being desperate conditions and civil unrest? Stop kicking the can down the road.

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Posted in: Shionogi says COVID treatment did not meet endpoint in late-stage trial See in context

Props to Shionogi for taking the honest route!

This is one of those occasions where the Japanese company is actually behaving responsibly compared to its international competitors.

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Posted in: More Japanese workers turning to job resignation services See in context

The problems with Japanese work culture are a problem that will only get worse over time if not dealt with quickly. They have been putting it off for too long. The government is also very much too blame for basically doing nothing to enforce their own laws.

In the past, Japan was rich and one of the leaders of the world economy, so people put up with the unpaid extra hours, the harassment, the inability to take time off...

However, then the bubble burst in the early nineties, which created the lost decade and the hikkikomori generation. A whole generation of people, to no fault of their own, became unable to get jobs even if they worked hard and did well in school. The recession basically continued for three decades, and now the yen has lost its purchasing power, rendering Japanese people poor and desperate.

The time has come for them to start unionizing, organizing, striking, and protesting. It's time for them to demand accountability from their leaders in business and politics. Stop allowing the media to distract and hypnotize them by dangling the "unruly foreigner" trope in front of them.

If they don't do something about it soon, the pressure cooker is only going to heat up more and more until it eventually explodes. Witnessing the rise of the netto uyoku and the anti-foreigner movement has made me realize how easy it is to radicalize Japanese people and even other foreigners. If economic conditions are not addressed swiftly and decisively, this country will only further devolve into chaos and perhaps even full blown revolution.

What's better for the Japanese? Falsely telling them their society is a utopia and everything is okay, or helping them wake up to the truth before it's too late?

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Posted in: More Japanese workers turning to job resignation services See in context

The fact that Japanese people are SO scared of their managers that they need to hire third party services to guide them through the resignation process is proof of how broken their system is.

These companies losing crucial talent is NOT enough of a repurcussion. Some of these people in charge actually need to be in prison and/or doing hard labor.

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Posted in: 77% of Japan's COVID-19 oral drugs set to be destroyed: estimate See in context

Insanely wasteful fiscal policy. The more time goes by, the more we can ascertain that the government managed this whole situation in an utterly abysmal fashion. It seems like they expected and planned for like a decade's worth of Covid provisions. Like they really thought this thing would go on forever.

They had to print money to pay for all of this, and in doing so, they have essentially destroyed their currency. Now their people are all poor. Who could have seen this coming?

It's time for the people to demand accountability. The LDP absolutely must be ousted from power. Letting them run the country any longer is reckless and irresponsible.

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Posted in: Fewer domestic travelers seen in Golden Week See in context

Rather than rub salt on the wound, I will say this: everyday Japanese people are not helpless. Japanese people do have power. It's just a matter of taking the first step.

Organize. Unionize. Strike. Protest. Demand higher wages. Demand more flexible time off policies. Demand stricter penalties for companies that enable unpaid overtime and power harassment. Demand an end to wasteful government spending. Demand useful government spending. Demand the government stop subsidizing unprofitable companies, and open up the economy to new domestic and foreign competition. Demand accountability.

Japanese people are capable of acknowledging they have a big problem on their hands, that I can see clearly. Next they need to acknowledge that they are not helpless and stop allowing themselves to be distracted by unimportant controversies or other meaningless affairs. If they can do what I mentioned, then they can correct course and remain a strong, although perhaps not dominant, economy and society. I don't want to see them fail, I want to see them succeed, and I think most people would agree with me.

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Posted in: 'Foreign travelers are Japan’s guests' – Governor against charging tourists more than locals See in context

Foreign tourists are, on average, wealthier than Japanese consumers. That's just a fact now. So long as businesses are transparent and upfront about a "foreigner surcharge"

Fighto accidentally let it spill how he ACTUALLY feels on this.

Countries like the UK, France, China, etc. all routinely charge foreigners more for services

I went to the UK two years ago and I did not experience this.

Japan is embarrassing itself and harming it's reputation with this vicious and nasty anti-foreigner movement that has really started to take off recently. There is an alarming and growing number of people here choosing to target non-Japanese people instead of holding their leaders in government and business accountable for Japan's current economic predicaments.

Props to the Kanagawa government for speaking some common sense, though. More people in the government should be doing the same.

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Posted in: New Tokyo restaurant charges higher prices to foreign tourists than Japanese locals See in context

And in other news, the endless Japan glazing continues.

For decades in China there has been a locals price, and a foreigners price. So if China can do it, why can't Japan?

Despite how much people here can say say hateful things about China to their hearts content, I'm really glad to see you guys are capable of extending your consideration to them when Japanese people do something totally embarrassing and inexcusable.

As far as tourists supposedly making more money than Japanese people, you want to know why that is the case? Because people outside of Japan actually advocate for themselves in the workplace - ie, "If you don't give me a raise, I walk". In Japan, the average corporate soldier is too loyal to do this, and that's why so many of them make half of their American counterparts even though they work twice as many hours. By this point, Japan being in the 30s on GDP per Capita even though they are 4th in GDP is kinda their fault. And even having said that, not all foreign tourists in Japan necessarily make more money.

Can we please, PLEASE stop running cover for this country every time they fumble the ball. Seriously, no other society on Earth is held to such low standards.

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Posted in: New Tokyo restaurant charges higher prices to foreign tourists than Japanese locals See in context

From seething over Biden's xenophobia remarks last week, to openly championing unequal pricing policies the next. This is yet another example of why I am not going to go to bat for the Japanese when they get accused of bigotry.

In fact, I think for the time being, I am going to stop eating at local restaurants altogether, unless they are explicitly pro-foreigner, or are foreigner-run. I've had too many experiences where the guy running the place demands customers order drinks, has items on the menu you can't actually order, panics because you can't read JLPT N1 level kanji, or doesn't allow payment by credit card.

So now I am to collectively punish all of them by giving my hard earned money to the likes of Sushiro, Isomaru, Torikizoku, Matsuya, ect. Hate to shill for big companies, but customer service in Japan really is that bad.

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Posted in: Japan tells U.S. that Biden's 'xenophobia' comment is regrettable See in context

Still waiting for the apology from President Biden. There are around 1.5 million Americans of Japanese origin - and many of them do vote, Mr. President.

I will respond to this in a similar way you've responded to so many foreigners in Japan especially those who were upset with Japan's border policies during Covid: if Japanese-Americans are so upset by President Biden's comments, they are more than welcome to move to Japan.

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Posted in: Japan left to rethink COVID grants as telework facilities empty out See in context

I said years ago the Japanese government was going to end up burning themselves by printing all that yen to pay for their whole Covid adventurism.

Silly bizarre coworking spaces, shots I apparently never needed to begin with because I have been fine without them since they came around and many which went totally unused, strict border measures that also starved the tourism industry for too long, and weird State of Emergencies that also ended up costing businesses lost revenue.

Now the yen is down and everybody who ran around screaming about Covid are to blame!

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Posted in: Japan, India reject Biden's comments describing them as xenophobic countries See in context

Taking in laborers doesn't make you welcoming. Japan is not welcoming. It wants your labor and it wants foreign tourism money, not the person. Every week there's an article crying about foreign tourists doing this or that that makes the people of some town, village or area angry. There's always a need to take foreigners to task for even the most minor perceived offense. Those black vans, bosozoku and election vans can go around blaring all day and no one bats an eye but the cops will be out in a minute if someone on the opposite thin wall from yours thinks your music is too loud. Every day on JT, there is an article about foreigners. Foreign crime is up, foreigners are making too much noise, this place is sacred and foreigners are screwing it up, foreigners, foreigners, foreigners, blah, blah, blah, ad nauseam. President Joe Biden is absolutely correct. You know it, he knows it, I know it and even the JT posters with their heads in the sand know it.

Mocheake, your comment is 100% factual and I have been saying this for years now.

I don't have a problem with their immigration policy or their rules. I have a problem with double standards and selective enforcement. Conditional morality that changes up depending on who specifically is making a perceived offense. Rampant hypocrisy is everywhere here.

Consider this though - all that combined media and netizen attention, if directed at the gatekeepers of this societies' wealth and prosperity, such as the uber rich that occupy positions in government and business, that could a powerful force for good. The Japanese people are endlessly being misled and manipulated, because powerful entities are keeping them distracted by things that don't really matter. There are endless procedures, processes, rules, and customs that only serve to keep them running around confused and trying to meet some false and impossible expectation, rather than holding those in power accountable. The people at the top invented the rules of this game, even though they don't really have to play by them.

I don't think Biden's comments really mean that much. But at this point, anything that shakes things up and makes the rich oyaajis uncomfortable, I am all for. The people must wake up!

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Posted in: Japan, India reject Biden's comments describing them as xenophobic countries See in context

Let's review:

-Covid-19: Japan, in the summer of 2020, was encouraging people to travel around the country to spur tourism even though the borders were closed. Then when other countries started opening up in 2021, Japan doubled down on the restrictions, at one point even blamed American troops for Covid surges, and kept their country closed until late 2022, longer than any other country except for China. Universities outside of Japan notably got upset because although they were allowing in Japanese International students, Japan wasn't letting in students from their universities. Basically, Japanese people didn't care if Japanese people spread Covid as long as they symbolically wore masks. But foreigners? No way they could be trusted to not spread the virus.

-Content creation in public: While the borders were closed, many department stores and places around Tokyo began setting up dedicated spaces people (mostly young women) could use to film TikToks or even livestream (I noticed this on every floor of the staircase at Shibuya 109 one time). HOWEVER, when things opened up, the Japanese started getting all hot and bothered by IRL live streamers, to the point where they've even talked about banning it altogether.

-Tourism: I already talked about this a little bit, but even during Covid, cities like Tokyo, Yokohama, and Kyoto had massive crowds of people running around, shoving, leaving trash everywhere, taking selfies and getting in the way of other people, ect. But they didn't even concede this was a problem until international tourists started doing it. So according to them, domestic tourists = good, foreign tourists = bad.

Okay, I could go on and on. But ultimately, this is what I have come to expect from people here: there are double standards if you do something while Japanese versus doing the same thing while foreign.

I do not think Japan needs to change their immigration policy. But what they need to change is their attitude. All of the anti-tourism hysteria and monthly moral panics in Tokyo need to end. What they actually need to focus on fixing their country. They are losing on innovation, they are stagnating technologically, and trends that started in other countries a decade or two ago are just starting here. The political and business leaders of this country have failed and they need to take responsibility.

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Posted in: Japan, India reject Biden's comments describing them as xenophobic countries See in context

There is so much coping going on it's unbelievable.

Japan admitting foreign workers is not proof that they embrace foreigners. How many of those foreign workers are earning a livable wage, have tangible career growth, and can afford homes/the ability to raise children and put them through school? Come on. Even English teachers in Kanto make in the ballpark between 200,000 and 300,000 yen a month. That is literally less than McDonalds employees in the US.

They embrace cheap labor. They want to gain whatever temporary benefit they can get from bringing them here for a short period of time before they eventually go back. Yes, some may stay, but actually consider their quality of life and living conditions. Enough with the intellectual dishonesty.

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Posted in: White House downplays Biden calling Japan xenophobic country See in context

The funny thing is, after Biden made these comments, on other corners of the web Japanese netizens seem to be struggling between one of two responses:

"N-no, we're not xenophobic! We don't hate foreigners! How could he say this?"

or

"Yes, we ARE xenophobic! We DON'T want foreigners! We are prosperous and safe because we DON'T let in foreigners. Look at how terrible the US and Europe are right now thanks to immigration!"

My personal opinion is, I don't have a problem with Japanese immigration policy. They have a right to put their needs first as a civilization.

Japan does deserve to be mocked for rejecting solutions to problems implemented in other countries under the facade that they're behaving this way to protect their national interests. No, it is protecting senior management in the highest levels of business and politics. Japan, more so than many other societies, is filled to the brim with literal parasites that do NOTHING to advance this countries prosperity, but simply sit in their comfortable office gigs sucking up all the taxpayer money whilst decent, hardworking people, are endlessly told that they and their families need to continue making sacrifices to be "good team players". Young Japanese people are going to need to wrestle control out of the hands of these people - and when it comes to that point, it might not be pretty. Rather than delaying the inevitable and potentially making it worse, it's best they wake up to the truth sooner than later. That's why I don't think it's a good idea to constantly glaze up Japanese society with praise rather than the constructive criticism it so deserves.

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Posted in: Biden blames China, Japan and India's economic woes on 'xenophobia' See in context

I have always hated Joe Biden, but the fact he actually said this brought him up a few points in my book.

To clarify, I still don't agree with the point he's trying to make. But I think I like the effect his comments will have.

In today's age, all I ever see or hear about Japan is how much better their society is than the West, and how Japan shouldn't let people like me live here because we will supposedly infect and destroy Japan from within, as though we're a parasite or some kind of disease.

Any discussion surrounding foreigners in Japan and Japan's approach towards them has become so unbelievably toxic and nasty. "Pick-Me!" Foreigners attack disillusioned foreigners sick of making less than McDonalds employees in the States, and the media continues to stoke unnecessary fear and hysteria surrounding tourists.

If westerners hadn't come to Japan in the mid-1800s, let's be real, this country today wouldn't look much different than Thailand or Malaysia.

We invented trains. We invented cars. We invented electricity, and planes, and semiconductors, and the internet. Japan invented sushi and Pokemon.

Import the third world, become the third world. But import the first world, become the first world!

Time to get real.

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