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Japan, wow... sure didn't know this about Abe. And I live in his hometown.

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This is a nice read.

Japan Has a New Emperor and a New Era, but a Dark Future



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The name of Japan’s new imperial era, Reiwa, was announced on April Fools’ Day with great fanfare and a great big linguistic lie. The official government party line is that it translates as “Beautiful Harmony,” but what it means literally is more Orwellian: “Commanded Peace.”
Of course, a certain portion of the Japanese population realizes that the explanation given for the new imperial name is not the truth, but they probably were not surprised.

Japan has grown numb to the deceptions and lies of its elected rulers. As of January this year, for instance, 79 per cent of the Japanese public no longer believed the Japanese government’s statistics, and you probably shouldn’t either. Everybody lies, they say, but there’s a problem with lying to yourself and to the public because reality doesn’t listen.

No Longer ‘Cool Japan’ but ‘Cruel Japan’

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.

The population is ageing and shrinking. One out of five citizens is now over 70; in 2017, nearly 400,000 more people died in Japan than were born. Abysmal working conditions, low wages, lack of maternity leave (not to mention paternity leave) a chronic shortage of affordable daycare, and excessively long hours virtually ensure Japanese women and men don’t have time to date, mate, or procreate.

Raising a kid alone? Very difficult. If a woman chooses to be a single mother there is a 50 per cent chance she will live in poverty. The failure of anything approaching a baby boom over the decades is already invisible. The shortage of workers is forcing many businesses to close.

Women might take up the slack of a worker shortage, but sexism is rampant and gender inequality is institutionalized: Japan ranks 110 out of 149 countries in the World Economic Forum’s global gender equality rankings for 2018. Japan is working on haphazard plans to introduce foreign labour that are exploitive and doomed to fail in an environment where xenophobia is encouraged as is homophobia.
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Are we permitted to ask what sort of business ties Japan Reference has to The Daily Beast to allow the copying of full articles in posts by JREF Community members?

Thank you.
 

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Shortened to "fair use" equivalent. 🤓
 

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It really was a very interesting read. I didn't know he had a mean streak in him. I find it a bit odd though he doesn't visit his hometown much.
 

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Before Abe became pm the first time, I read about him and thought he was terrible. Then he became PM and turned out to be middling... then he became PM for the second time, and he’s been largely terrible.

Economically, I support a lot of his policies, but his war obsession, covering up his buddy’s rape, neutering NHK’s journalists, covering up Fukushima, everything not economy related basically, he’s pretty horrible for the country.
 
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