Posted in: While the Japanese government relentlessly promotes the image of 'Cool Japan' and mega-tourism, the current reality is a country run by sociopathic Hitler-loving plutocrats, with plummeting press freedom, endemic poverty, rising censorship, deliberate destruction of public records, continual death by overwork, a corrupt bureaucracy, and a medieval justice system. Despite the triple meltdown of Fukushima, the government is rushing to start nuclear power plants again with reckless abandon. See in context
Jake who? Exactly. We already know these things, and as with other places, we know of faults, issues, problems and things that need resolving. Japan, like other nations, countries and kingdoms is not perfect.
As for the “poverty” angle that some people are woefully under playing: The OECD places Japan just below the U.S.A., which has a 17.3% poverty measure, statistics indicate that U.S.A. has been cutting down on poverty, by a 0.7% decrease since 1985. There are lots of poor people in Japan, way over 1 to 1.5 million people. Way over. Japan has some of the worst wealth inequality and highest rates of child poverty in the developed world, according to a Unicef report released in April 2016 that ranked Japan 34th out of 41 industrialised countries.
Take those rose tinted glasses off.
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Simple: If you are disgusted by this, act. Don’t buy Japan.Inc. If you feel all cultures have “ the right" to express themselves no matter the point in our development morally, ethically, scientifically as a species, leave it be, but apply that logic across the board.
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The Nankai Trough is of particular concern, as are any coastal areas around Japan, notably the Pacific. This is a really interesting article, as not just the size of the earthquake needs to be considered, but the duration and place. Have your grab bags and emergency kits ready, could be today, right now, or you may never need them. Who knows.
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This is now so far into the realm of farce that any sense that a legal process would be followed and that justice would be served has been washed away in the tears of laughter shed at Japan’s expense. Do NOT get caught up in Japan’s injustice system, it is inept, incompetent and insane.
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And without doubt the kids weren’t wearing seatbelts. It’s going to happen, and when it does, it’ll be too late; even after decades of telling the Japanese, “Hey, get kids to wear seatbelts. You teach them to swim. Teach them to belt up."
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@Zich, it’s the case for many. “Workers” gang pressed into doing the dangerous jobs at the Clean Up Site. Plus, they are not “gypsies”, day works, the employed, the homeless, people.
Just Google something along the lines of: yakuza taking Fukushima workers' money
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@ the "but it’s higher in New York, London etc" crowd, BUT, you’re not saying what isotope, kind of radiation, that is very misleading. It’s like the banana troll that people roll out. As above, if it’s Caesium 137, Strontium 90, and other by-products of fission, of which there are higher levels in Kanto, Tohoku.... then it is a problem.
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@BigYen, you mean donuts, not wheelies. But yes, plenty of opportunities that should have been acted on. The Elite Police Unit refused REFUSED to attend until far into the day’s events.
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Got to hate cancer, an awful disease. I wish you all the strength and more for this fight. x Go kick its butt Rikako!
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Yeah, well, Japan’s track record for using funds isn’t so shiny, remember the March 11 disaster funds that ended up helping the... whaling industry! Yep, stay tuned and keep an eye on where these taxes go.
That guy, leaning over into the clerk’s workspace? No. So rude. She knows what she’s doing.
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First, here’s to everyone being found safe. Secondly, to better ensure the safety of these service men and women, something needs to change, either back to how it was or a more safety secure future. Too many accidents happening for it just to be “These things happens”.
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@baruyu, the majority of people in Chiba didn’t vote to stop the Narita expansion. QED. @sensei258, close, but no cigar. No period/full stop.
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The Tokyo Olympics, where a minus equals a plus. The more minuses, the more truth about the waste of water and deadly heat, the more White Elephants the Olympics leave behind. 2020, a clearly badly thought out endeavour. Get it moved to October, or Hokkaido.
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The Tokyo Olympic Committee is out in force today! So obvious. Don’t hold the Olympics in the torrid turmoil of a roasting summer!Hokkaido is beautiful, cool and perfect for sports! It’s OK to change things, if it improves things.
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@Pap, they'd HAVE to continually sprinkle because if they don’t... ? With THAT sun beating down? You know what it’s like after a rain storm and THEN the sun comes out in August... SAUNA! Really bad idea, and as you say, massive waste of water.
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@Listen, LOL. Yep. You’ll have to wear waterproofs to stay dry! Guess what? Waterproofs are.... HOT! Poor idea Hokkaido, there’s the answer.
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@Zichi, not in your first post when detailing your ‘actions’ you didn’t. Nice try.
zichiToday 08:36 am JST
That was very strong here in Kobe. We were still in bed but we fled to street because its impossible to know what is happening. Checked the area and neighbors and entered again. Strongest I have felt in my 16 years in Kansai.
Epicenter Osaka-fu Hokubu mag 5.9. Kansai airport flights stopped also the other airports. The Shinkansen stopped.
Stayed tuned to NHK on smartphone.
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@Zichi, perhaps clearly stating as to the reasons why you ran out of the structure you were in will prevent those not as knowledgeable from emulating you, as advice in numerous States/nations clearly details to 1. open exit door(s) and 2. stand/get under an earthquake resistant door way/table/desk and 3. NOT to run outside.
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The paint thinner is being abused, for its intended purpose is to thin paint, not get a person high.
Marijuana is being used illegally -- in terms of Japanese law -- not being abused. With legalisation, education, advise and government sourced marijuana, the economic advantages over the abuse of paint thinner would be significant.
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Unlike you cleo I read something that another poster linked and learnt something:
According to Ministry of Justice (There’s an oxymoron) studies, only 18.5 percent of sexual assaults were reported in a recorded five year period and THEN there’s the patriarchal depths to navigate. Stop defending, rationalising, the indefensible.
No lies, just facts.
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@Hartwell et al: Voice that opinion to the women in your life, friends, mother, wife/girlfriend. I dare you.
Women, -- some ‘men' seem to need to realise -- are PEOPLE. Remember that. Treat them as such, not as objects, second class citizens who have no right to stand as equals. Teach boys that girls are not inferior, weaker, less able because IT IS NOT TRUE. Those on here who think otherwise, your time is up.
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The grill is too small, ‘cramped’ give me a Morgan Roadster over that any day.
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A class act, and more the consoling of her fellow Olympian, Ms Lee. If only we could bottle that kind of love, respect and empathy the world would be a better place.
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There was lot of genius from quiet a few incredible athletes there. Simply astounding.
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State Funds AKA: Our TAXES.
Absolute waste of money, time and effort underpinned by idiotic pride, and despicable deception. How dare they even consider pushing this insidious PR.
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The incumbent is ahead so far.
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@Course it does, as that reality demonstrates the actual size of any roof that may be needed and that it isn’t just ‘dust’. QED.
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@Albaleo: A vast swathe of Tohoku, parts of Ibararki, Chiba, Tochigi, Tokyo too, etc were contaminated, so still then are the plants, trees, and other vegetation that absorb this, then there’s a thing called spring, with pollen, and winds. Then there is resuspension of radionuclides when the soil dries out and the wind blows, the threat of fires too. Burning all that contaminated forest... it’s why the EU for example, pay the Ukraine a billion Euros a year, to stop the forests burning through management. There’s not just the immediate site to think about, but wherever any of the plethora f radionuclides fell back to earth in the rains of March 15. Wherever the plume wandered in the wind.
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Seems like TEPCO and IAEA have got their fingers clicking the - . Ah, well, we know the truth! Good luck to all those doing this dangerous and thankless task. Stay safe!
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