My Number and Taro Aso’s connections with the ministry of finance

Haven’t posted anything in awhile because I was digging out information trying to learn where this My Number system originated from within the Japanese government.  I have narrowed it down to Taro Aso who is presently the Deputy Prime Minister under Shinzo Abe and Minister of Finance. The underlying reason why Japan is introducing their My Number system is for economic efficiency, despite all the other reasons given that this My Number system will be advantageous to the Japanese people and foreign residents. It’s about economic and financial efficiency to increase the government of Japan’s tax base and provide a streamlining of social welfare obligations and pensions. Any periphery benefits like “faster service at the city hall” are only corollary. It should be made known that Taro Aso (fascist asshole, whoops, sorry) insulted millions of Japanese when he suggested that “the elderly are an unnecessary drain on the country’s finances.” In a corporate run quiet fascism like Japan, that comment makes perfect sense, especially since millions of Japanese workers (producers) didn’t create these giant corporations in Japan.

Aso also referred to elderly people no longer able to feed themselves as “tube people.” According to asshole, sorry, I mean Aso, if you’re a “tube person”, by having a My Number the Japanese government can better determine your condition to potentially have your feeding tube (social welfare) disconnected because the government is paying your pension and benefits. When the economic efficiency of the “tube person” outlives its economic value being bed ridden feeding off a tube for months, by having that My Number the Japanese government can more efficiently monitor your status. Taro Aso being the minister of finance and a powerful leader of the LDP (Liberal Democratic Party), wields a tremendous amount of influence in the Japanese government. Whenever I see Aso returning from abroad in one of his expensive suits with his hat and scarf on, I can’t help but have the impression he is more of a gangster than anything else.

The yakuza are inextricably linked to the LDP party. And what’s with this “party” thing? Are we invited to some kind of a party? These aren’t isolated incidents either of the LDP being connected to Japan’s underworld. As the former prime minister, Taro Aso peppered his speeches with yakuza terminology. He referred to the act of “earning money” as shinogi — a term almost exclusively used by yakuza to describe their (illegal) methods of money making. Not only the actual connections between yakuza and politicians, “but the way they speak and think also make it seem like they are two sides to the same coin.”

Screen Shot 2015-10-14 at 8.49.30 AMShinzo Abe recently “reshuffled” his cabinet probably largely due to criticism, but Taro Aso remained as Japan’s minister of finance. What would be worth noting is to learn where Taro Aso and his cronies decided to further advance the My Number system from as a continued economic and financial policy change? Taro Abe while attending the G20 Summit in Germany in June 2015, discussed with other central bank representatives, Japan’s financial condition and Japan’s enormous debt obligations on social welfare. Explains why Taro Aso made the comments he did about Japan’s elderly and what he referred to as “tube people.” Hurry up and die so that pensions and social welfare payments don’t have to be paid. What precisely is Taro Aso advocating when he makes a statement like this: “In 2001, he [Aso] said he wanted Japan to become the kind of successful country in which “the richest Jews would want to live.” What is that supposed to mean? Then he goes on to make other comments suggesting that “Japan should imitate Nazi Germany tactics?” Especially since Japan has some of the strictest immigration laws of almost any other country?

Taro Aso has an interesting history. Papers that were compiled in 1946 by Aso Mining, documented that “101 British prisoners, 197 Australians and two Dutch were put to work digging coal for Japan’s war effort in 1945. An estimated 10,000 Korean slave labourers were also put to work in the company’s mines during the war. Aso Mining has since become Aso Cement and was headed by Taro Aso himself during the 1970s.” No compulsions here about him not speaking out against slave labor is there? Which he never did after much was published on this history. More efficiency so let’s get that My Number online as soon as possible despite a television news broadcast this morning heavily criticizing the My Number system. To not think for a moment that Taro Aso isn’t an elitist bureaucrat learning his economic policies from elitist power structures in other countries is to miss what is going on here.

Here is a clip of Taro Aso meeting with Chuck in Britain. Chuck’s family are Prussian, not “British” in case folks do not realize this fact. And if anyone thinks Chuck isn’t a depopulation-promoting elitist oligarch think again.

Prince Charles meets Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso

During all the previous debate about whether or not Japan should reform its pacifist constitution to allow for the re-militarization of Japan, and to allow Japan’s military to deploy outside of Japan, Taro Aso stated that “Japan could learn the technique Nazi Germany used to change the Weimar constitution.” Taro Aso stated clearly: “Why don’t we learn from their [Nazi Germany] tactics.” What other “tactics” do you have in mind Mr. Aso? That’s interesting since it was the Nazi technique to have numbers tattooed on concentration camp slave labourer’s forearms. The next thing we will see are signs hanging from train station entrances in Japan only in Japanese “Arbeit macht frei.” Back then IBM developed the punch card. Today its computer software capability.

This is a joke right? Japan receives a “tongue-lashing” from its master

The Anglo-Americans have warned Japan about having discussions with Russia after Russia began air operations over Syria destroying ISIS assets (CIA assets). The Americans have been bombing those same ISIS assets for more than one year compared to Russia demolishing ISIS assets in less than a week. It would be in Japan’s best interests to jump ship with the Anglo-Americans and become more conciliatory towards Russia. Japan and Russia are in discussions over natural gas supplies from two large natural gas production facilities on the Sakhalin Islands, and negotiations over the Kuril Islands which Japan desperately wants back under its control since it is an incredibly fertile source of fish. Russia will never cede the Kuril Islands back to Japan, however, if Japan can be conciliatory towards Russia, the Russians would allow Japan to fish the waters off the Kuril Islands. So what’s it going to be Mr. Abe, continued obedience to the satrap LDP Anglo-American lackeys, or real independence from the Anglo-Americans? Isn’t it about time Japan sets its own course? Radio Free Europe is mentioned as a source for this news. Realize that Radio Free Europe is the extension of the American CIA (the CIA is a production company) into Europe and Russia and has been since 1945.

This article appeared
at Sputnik

US Gives Tongue-Lashing to Japan for Holding Meetings With Russia

Screen Shot 2015-10-11 at 9.31.36 AMJapan received a tongue-lashing from the United States due to Tokyo’s attempts to hold peace and trade talks with Russia, Radio Free Europe reported.

Washington was worried about Tokyo’s recent talks with Moscow on a World War II peace treaty, pointing out to its East Asian ally that it should honor Western sanctions against Russia.

“Broadly speaking, it’s not time for business as usual with Russia,” US State Department spokesperson John Kirby said during a briefing on Thursday.

Kirby warned Japan that it should proceed cautiously when dealing with Russia.

On September 21, following a meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stressed that cooperation between Japan and Russia is in the interest of both Tokyo and Moscow and it shouldn’t depend on external factors.

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attends a memorial service ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of Japan’s surrender in World War Two at Budokan Hall in Tokyo

Then last week, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe discussed economic relations between the two countries. The meeting was held on the sidelines of the International Science and Technology Forum in the Japanese city of Kyoto.

Russia’s relations with Japan have deteriorated amid the Ukrainian crisis. Japan joined many Western countries and their allies in imposing sanctions against Moscow for its alleged participation in the conflict in Ukraine’s southeast.

Russia and Japan have also seen a spike in tensions over the Kuril Islands in the Sea of Okhotsk. All of the Kurils have been administered by Russia since the end of World War II, but the Japanese government still lays claim to Iturup and three other islands.

Bank of Japan (BoJ), the mantra of inflation and military adventures

The Bank of England (BoE) in a report made this year 2015, stated that aggregate demand for bank notes is increasing which is the same for increasing demand for the Bank of Japan (BoJ) bank notes despite QE (Quantitative Easing). This is contrary to what economic forecasters had predicted about meeting demands for cash both in Britain and in Japan.  The Bank of Japan is based on the same central banking model as the Bank of England.

Recently, as reported by FT, “the Bank of Japan will become the first big central bank to publish individual economic forecasts by its board members as its governor, Haruhiko Kuroda, revealed a shake-up of communications policy.” But this isn’t entirely correct and it isn’t such a “shake up” at all. These two central banks work closely together and have for a very long time, so these ideas that are alleged to “shake up” the way the BoJ works are coming out of the Bank of England. The Bank of England is already preparing and has been delivering such reports for a very long time.

In fact, the Bank of Japan’s governor, Haruhiko Kuroda was educated at Oxford. And that’s why Shinzo Abe brought Haruhiko Kuroda into the Bank of Japan which was expected, demonstrating the Anglo-American influence of central banking on Japan related to fiscal and economic planning (probably military planning as well). It was stated in an article in the Guardian, “that QE was effectively born in Japan,” a country plagued in recent history by deflation and rolling recession. QE was not “born in Japan.” It came out of central bank planning with the Bank of England. The phrase “quantitative easing” was coined to describe Japan’s efforts to kickstart growth and get prices rising again, starting in 2001 and lasting five years. The QE program has failed miserably. So much for central bank planning. The only benefactors are Japan’s defense related corporations.

Without QE being based on production and productive capacity of all of Japan’s roughly 127 million people, the BoJ under Kuroda started QE and was worth $1.4tn (£923bn) that “doubled the country’s money supply – in a drastic bid to restore the economy to health and banish the deflation that has dogged the country for more than a decade.” That came out to roughly US$15 billion a month during QE. My guess is that QE cash went into Japan’s military-related manufacturing corporations. The real benefactors. Inflation is a much better way and more palatable to the public to pay for military adventures. No wonder in the interview posted below, Kuroda says that “manufacturing is up in Japan.” Ever wonder why inflation is the central bank’s mantra? That’s because inflation is not a rise in prices. Inflation is theft. In Japan it is masking military buildup. And this is why Abe brought in Kuroda so he could handle Japan’s military buildup masking it as “inflation.”  The Japanese Defense Ministry asked for a 3.5 percent spending increase to 5.05 trillion yen ($48.7 billion) for the fiscal year that began in April, 2014. Japan already has the world’s tenth largest military.

Haruhiko Kuroda, governor of Bank of Japan – View from ADB 2015

Amount of Japan’s bank notes horded in Japanese homes is huge

Reading through various financial reports, I wanted to know what the estimated total amount of cash is being held by individual Japanese in their homes in hidden safes and cabinets? The BoJ and BIS estimates that there is roughly ¥600,000 in cash in circulation in Japan per Japanese person. BIS also discovered that something like 87 percent of all coins minted in Japan are not held by banks. What the BoJ is “mystified” by is the increase in demand for bank notes which is contrary to what fiscal planners have anticipated. There is no way a precise amount on the cash that is being held by Japanese in their homes can be determined but the amount by all accounts is large. This is one downside hampering growth in Japan as this large amount of money is taken out of circulation.

Getting Japan’s money moving again is one of the goals of Shinzo Abe’s (his economic planners and the BoJ) economic program launched two years ago. The BoJ and ministry of finance hope that by creating inflation, Japanese people will rush to use their bank deposits and cash before prices rise, eroding the value of money stashed at home. This hasn’t worked and with the increase in consumption tax from 5% to 8% last year, this further slowed down consumption. But that’s Japanese planning right? Then has anyone ever considered how the JPY196 trillion (March 31, 2012) sitting in Japan’s postal banking system is being used? There are many reasons for this stashing cash in Japanese homes. One factor being Japan has a low crime rate and people feel safer holding cash. The other factor is trust especially in older Japanese who have most of this cash stashed away in their homes.

Money should be in circulation which speeds up economic growth, not stashed away horded.  Japan’s introduction of this My Number is I think also an attempt to better track where bank notes are moving in Japan’s economy. The other plan coming down the financial conveyor belt in Japan are discussions to print a new ¥1,000 note forcing out of Japanese homes billions of what will become “old” ¥1,000 notes. But this doesn’t solve anything really. Japanese will simply convert and then begin hording the notes again. Some years ago, I rebuilt the interior of a retired ship captains home who had been in Japan’s fishing fleet spending most of his life on large fishing trawlers. A really unique Japanese man with lot’s of great stories about fishing on the ocean. I was astonished when he pulled out of his safe cash to pay off the deliver driver for the materials we ordered to rebuild his home. There must have been ¥3 million in cash inside that safe taken out of circulation. Finally, I favor an excess wealth tax, but not an income tax. Only bankers benefit from income taxes, because income taxes prevent the profitable entrepreneur or worker from self-financing his own expansion from profits. Only the bankers who lend to businesses would want a crazy tax like that. How absurd to tax the incentive to human productivity in providing goods and services to households and businesses.

TPP agreement reached, Japan rearming and My Number (マイナンバー法) coming online simultaneously

Will be spending the next couple of blog posts taking a better look at Japan’s My Number (マイナンバー法) which will begin in January, 2016. It seems the name alone “My Number” is meant to be less threatening of a connotation I think, and sounds rather innocuous. My Number appears less threatening than what this number actually portends in the future according to a lot of social commentary I have been reading. It should be called “Government Tracking Number” (No thank you, it’s your number, not my number. I didn’t decide this corporate statute contract law and the Japanese people didn’t assign themselves the number.) because that is precisely what it is. And now that TPP is getting ready to be signed by Japan with Shinzo Abe’s government setting up a special TPP office, I can’t help but wonder if Japan’s My Number is connected to the TPP trade agreement? So many events all seem to be coalescing in Japan including Japan overriding its Constitution with statute laws to rearm Japan’s military, the Japanese stripping out liberal arts out of its universities, Japan’s military can now be deployed outside of Japan, TPP agreement reached and this potentially nefarious “My Number” coming online beginning in 2016. These are all corporate contracts including TPP in case people did not realize this as well as the My Number scheme. It is just astonishing how easily people simply roll over and accept this corporate take over of their lives. It is like people simply forfeiting their energy to corporate law merchants.

This article appeared
at Nikkei Asian Review

Japan’s ‘My Number’ system offers IT boon, and risk

March 17, 2015

RYO ASAYAMA, Nikkei staff writer

TOKYO — Japan’s information technology industry is abuzz with talk of national identification numbers as the country is set to implement them in January 2016.

In October, municipalities will issue every registered resident a 12-digit ID number. Dubbed “My Number,” it will be used to track taxation and government benefits. Beginning in January 2018, names and addresses will be linked to private information such as stockholdings and deposit data.

Companies will be required to manage ID numbers for employees and their family members. Such a program is estimated to cost a large corporation 50 million yen ($408,000). The market for these programs alone is worth an estimated 3 trillion yen, Daiwa Securities Group said.

It is a bonanza for the IT industry. Hitachi, NEC and other top Japanese IT companies are vying for orders for new information systems and related services.

ID theft and fraud

But the flip side of the ID numbers is the risk of an information leak, as seen in countries that have similar numbering systems.

The U.S. has recorded 11.7 million cases of data breaches involving Social Security numbers since 2006. South Korea reportedly suffered the leaking of 40 million numbers, or 80% of the population, through 2014 as the network was compromised. Seoul faces pressure to rebuild the network at a cost of $650 million and issue new numbers.

“Hackers attack a network in a way that is totally unimaginable for ordinary people and abuse ID numbers. You cannot let your guard down,” said Kenichi Matsumori, a senior marketer with Digital Arts, a Tokyo-based company specializing in Internet filtering software.

Identity thieves often steal pension or unemployment insurance payments or run up a victim’s credit card debt. Victims have lost tens of billions of dollars in the U.S. alone.

The IT industry’s mandate is to protect the My Number system at all costs. IT companies’ abilities to keep networks secure are tested. By some estimates, 20-30% of network-related investment is geared toward security development.

My Number has a downside including potential conscription notices

It will take a bit more than marching through the streets to stop the My Number from coming online in the coming months and next few years as Japan goes full corporate on their citizens from birth to grave. These Japanese citizens at least know the score somewhat and are willing to go out on the streets to let their voices be heard in their rejection of My Number. Good for them. The solution is actually quite simple: Don’t contract with local governments. Of course, that isn’t likely in Japan because Japanese do not realize that is a viable option. This is going to become even more of a critical issue as Japan rearms.  It will streamline for the Japanese government all eligible males who would be likely conscripted for any potential conflict the Japanese will find themselves in.  This is in congruence with the U.S. Military extending its protection of not only American corporations, but Japan’s corporate interests as well. This is extremely important because the Japanese government has just gone through its universities strip mining (no minds) them to facilitate a more efficient corporate product.

This article appeared in
The Japan Times

My Number





People opposed to the My Number identification card system march through the streets of the Shibuya district in Tokyo on Saturday.

Demonstrators protest My Number at rally in Shibuya

by Tomohiro Osaki
October 3, 2015

With the distribution of the controversial My Number identification code only a few weeks away, hundreds of protesters marched through Tokyo’s Shibuya district Saturday in a last-ditch effort to stop a program they say invades people’s privacy.

Chanting “Stop My Number now!” and “No dangerous My Number card!” protesters called for postponement of the 12-digit number slated for mid-October. Organizers put the turnout at 400.

The government will start sending all residents in Japan, including non-Japanese, an identification number it says is intended to spare them the hassle of doing paperwork to handle administrative procedures.

Addressing a crowd before the rally, Yasuhiko Tajima, a professor of media law at Sophia University, charged that the My Number program is “unconstitutional,” citing its gross violation of privacy rights.

The system was initially supposed to be used only for tax, social security and similar matters. But even before the program’s official launch in January, the government amended the My Number law in early September to allow the number to be linked to bank accounts and other personal records, including vaccinations.

“It is very undemocratic of the government to pass an ‘amendment’ when the system itself hasn’t begun yet,” Tajima said.

Noting media reports that NHK Chairman Katsuto Momii is mulling using the system to more effectively collect fees from viewers, Tajima said the program is now “unstoppable.”

Like Tajima, critics of My Number — largely considered the equivalent of the Social Security number in the United States — warn that privacy breaches and abuses of power are just around the corner.

One of the protesters, a 35-year-old man from Tokyo, said he is worried about the accelerating pace at which the government is attempting to keep tabs on people.

“I’m worried that the government may try to use the system in the future to make lists of young, healthy people fit for conscription when it eventually amends the Constitution,” he said.

Hitoshi Ogawa, 60, said he is worried My Number might be abused by the government to collect the most sensitive details of citizens’ lives, from health records to political ideology.

Before the amendment, an Upper House committee adopted a supplementary resolution that, among other things, calls for the future use of biometric records for a My Number card people would be “encouraged” [reject it; the only thing the government needs is a name] to carry starting in January.

In a sign of trouble ahead, the National Consumer Affairs Center of Japan is warning on its website of a rise in cases involving fake phone calls from bogus municipal officials trying to steal people’s My Number or other information, including bank account numbers and details on savings and insurance contracts.

8% consumption tax coming on all overseas e-commerce transactions

The Japanese government is desperate to increase tax revenue and so a series of measures are going into effect to pull more tax money out of Japanese and foreign residence.  The taxpayer ID number will be introduced this month as Japan gradually “morphs into an authoritarian state,” as well as an 8% consumption tax on all online purchases outside of Japan. The average Japanese doesn’t have a clue what this “My Number” is all about and they have not had anytime at all to consider the ramifications. If anyone thought they could purchase cheaper products outside of Japan through the internet that is about to change when this consumption tax of 8% on all products ordered online through e-commerce goes into effect. It will pull in another very large source of revenue for the Japanese Ministry of Finance that answers to the Bank of Japan. The reason for the 8% consumption tax on internet purchases outside of Japan is stated as giving “domestic e-commerce a level playing field.” That’s not the real reason. The reason is Japan requires more revenue to pay off its huge social obligations in this socialist economic system. This is protectionism of domestic business.

This article appeared at
The Japan Times

Overseas online purchases to be taxed in bid to protect domestic industries

by Tomohiro Osaki
September 30, 2015

Consumers in Japan, both native and foreign, will pay sales taxes for overseas online purchases from Thursday for such things as e-books and music downloads in a policy change aimed to eliminate price advantages enjoyed by foreign-based companies over domestic rivals.

Consumers living in Japan have traditionally been exempt from taxation when purchasing products from foreign-based operators such as

Under the new changes, Internet shoppers will pay an 8 percent consumption tax, which will rise to 10 percent in April 2017, regardless of where the companies they purchase from are located.

The Finance Ministry, which oversees the tax system, said the policy shift is intended to give domestic e-shopping operators the opportunity to compete with their overseas counterparts on a level playing field.

Major bookstore chain Kinokuniya, a strong supporter for the measure, welcomed the move.

“We have long lobbied for a change to the system because being levied differently depending on where we’re based is just not right,” said a Kinokuniya official.

“We wholeheartedly welcome fair competitive environments that come with the new system,” said the official, who declined to be named, citing departmental policy.

In 2013, Kinokuniya and other Japanese firms such as Yahoo Japan, Gyao Corp. and Internet service provider Nifty Corp. released an open letter protesting the system, saying it forces them to operate at a disadvantage amid the growing forays by foreign-based operators into their respective industries.

Please go to The Japan Times to read the entire article.

U.S. Military serves Japan and America’s biggest corporations

It is time to move past Gregory Gumo and return to posting more important news and commentary related to Japan after going through Japan recently passing a bill allowing Japan’s military to operate outside of Japan and Japan’s rearmament. Despite the many Japanese people outside the Japanese parliament building protesting, Japan passed the Government-sponsored legislation expanding the potential role of Japan’s Self-Defense Forces, specifically by allowing it to engage in collective self-defense with other countries. Japan’s Constitution was simply over ridden with a statute law. That the Anglo-Americans weren’t behind pressuring Japan to pass this statute law rearming Japan is undeniable. Then on top of this, Japan is introducing another statute law requiring all Japanese and foreign residence to have a number assigned to them from birth until death to track their entire economic-tax value to Japan Incorporated. This is what British mercantilism was 180 years ago only now it is global. The astonishing thing about this number to track Japanese people being introduced this month, is that there has been absolutely no resistance at all by the Japanese. This taxpayer ID number has gone back several years and now that the government of Japan has the computing infrastructure in place, it can finally introduce the numbers. This will benefit the big IT firms, not Japanese citizens as it is being advertised. Japan’s largest corporations: Mitsubishi; Sumitomo; Mitsui. These “daibatsu” corporations have total monopolistic control over Japan.

This article appeared
at PressTV

U.S. Military serves corporations, not people: Analyst

The US decision to deploy an aircraft carrier to Japan and spend billions of dollars on its military bases in the country shows that serving corporate interests tops the agenda of the US military, says an American author and political analyst.

“It just reflects basically the role of the US military which is not to protect the American people, but which is to protect corporations from all countries who are controlled by the same conglomerates and the same families,” Dean Henderson told Press TV on Thursday.

The author of “Big Oil and Their Bankers in the Persian Gulf” made the remarks when asked for his views on the arrival of the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier at a US Navy base in Yokosuka, Japan.

The nuclear-powered warship replaces the USS George Washington, which arrived in Japanese waters in 2008 and returned to the US in May for a major overhaul.

“You have to ask yourself what part of America’s interests does this serve? Always billions and trillions of dollars are being spent on these 7 military bases in Japan, and these huge aircraft careers,” he added.

The analyst described the move as “another example of what is wrong with US foreign policy.”

Henderson said that the US is in fact protecting big Japanese corporations that, for years, have held close ties with wealthy American families like the Rockefellers and the Rothschilds.

“These corporations have a total monopoly over Japan, there is five of them and every Japanese corporation falls under one of these five,” the analyst said.

USS Ronald Reagan‘s deployment sparked protests, similar to those that greeted USS George Washington upon its arrival in the Asian country. More demonstrations are planned for the next several days.

Earlier in September, widespread protests were held against the Tokyo government’s military ambitions. According to the organizers, tens of thousands were expected to turn out to protest Prime Minister Shinzho Abe’s decision to broaden Japan’s combat options.

Did American “veteran night life promoter” Gumo crash the party in Singapore?

Yokohama flim-flam man

Yokohama flim-flam man

These blog posts have been receiving not only a large number of views from Japan, but from Singapore also where the “Yokohama flim-flam man” (Gregory Gumo) was for awhile promoting events and parties. Gumo stated in some of his online information that while he was in Singapore acting as a “professional party manager,” he was employed with two clubs: the Singapore “super club” Avalon and Pangea. Pangea claimed in 2011 to be “the world’s most luxurious nightspot.” Both Avalon and Pangea clubs are inside the Marina Bay Sands complex. While Gumo was employed in New York at the Limelight and Tunnel before coming to Japan in 2002, where he learned his shady trade as a “clubbing personality,” he was not employed in Singapore at Avalon and Pangea. What Gumo seems to have done as a “party animal”, or would that be a “party promoter,” was to use the names and reputations of these clubs in Singapore to promote his own type of entertainment to some how personally profit off. I’m only guessing at this but from private emails I’ve received how money flows in this racket it is highly dubious.

Avalon Club in Singapore at the marina Bay Sands

Avalon Club in Singapore at the Marina Bay Sands

Again, Gumo destroys his reputation and what could have been at least a half way legitimate business promoting parties in Singapore. Attracting big name celebrities and their supporters would be a nice way to pull in a fairly good income I guess. Imagine what Gumo told Akitaya about his being a big time “professional party promoter” in Singapore? Knowing now of Akitaya’s self-promotional “jet setting image” with the sexy bikini pool pose and Hollywood-looking over sized sunglasses would she be excited about participating in that kind of “jet setting” activity?

The strange thing is that even though Gumo was claimed to have put on “glitzy parties,” the only evidence of that is the YouTube clip I dug out of him interviewing some guy at a party in Thailand. Another really strange aspect of Gumo is related to an outfit in Australia called Retfar Entertainment Party Ltd.  Gumo purchased the domain name for Retfar Entertainment. Why wouldn’t its principal, Mark Retfar, be responsible for his own website domain name? I’m starting to wonder why would the hosts at the venue in Singapore allow a new entertainment company from Australia in to Singapore manage this large event in the first place? And the other thing that I am starting to wonder is, whether or not Retfar Entertainment Party Ltd is actually a company? A source in Singapore said that Gumo was a “hustler” and was known for not paying designers. Gumo himself placed an add looking for a graphic designer to promote parties in Thailand. Gumo was also looking for a bookkeeper for Retfar Entertainment related to the 1 World Music Festival in 2013. Retfar Entertainment Party Ltd didn’t have a bookkeeper prior to going into Singapore? Do we have a front company set up here to move funds through giving the impression this was a legitimate professional promotional and entertainment company in the first place? Retfar Entertainment Party Ltd Gumo claimed to be employed which completely failed in facilitating events for the 1 World Festival in 2013. And Retfar wasn’t sued in a lawsuit as a consequence for failure to perform? Who drew up the contracts for this event?

The over hyped 1 World Music Festival that was canceled in 2013 was organised by Retfar Entertainment. Gregory Gumo was described as being the director of the event in Singapore that was to be held on September 20th and 21st. It was planned on being held the weekend of the 2013 Formula One Race. Gumo was quoted as saying in an interview: “It aims to complement the official F1 offerings. People want to party after the race and we are ‘the party.’ They can watch the race and concerts, then head to 1 World Music Festival for another experience.”

What was going on in Singapore with the 1 World Music Festival and Retfar Entertainment in which Mark Retfar was the principal from Australia and Gregory Gumo was apparently working for Retfar? Did Retfar pay Gumo a salary? This was supposed to have been Retfar Entertainment’s debut in Singapore. The news articles on the event had this description quoted here. It describes Gumo as being an “American night life veteran?”  And if Gumo was a “night life veteran”, why did this much anticipated music event get cancelled and why were there charges of embezzlement? How was the money embezzled and what was the amount? Then Gumo returns to Japan shortly after this.

“Led by Australian concert and theatre arts promoter Mark Rafter and American nightlife veteran Gregory Gumo, the company has assembled a sterling cast of employees [“sterling cast of employees?” say’s who? this is self-promotional nonsense; Retfar demonstrated complete incompetence in preforming for this event] from both Singapore and abroad. Debuts the Premier Music Festival During Grand Prix Season Singapore 2013.”

The event was alleged to be over hyped. What’s wrong with over hyping an event? Nothing, but the problem was that none of the celebrities even confirmed they would be performing in the event. That’s another way of saying the 1 World Music Festival was over hyped with promises that certain artists would appear at the festival when the artists never agreed to attending the event.  Somebody was lying? Gumo makes this interesting comment:

“Expect to see familiar faces from top venues local and regional together with a splash of fresh ones from Europe, Australia, and America. We will deliver the best experience imaginable and to do that we had to put together the strongest foundation possible. I believe we have achieved that.”

It would be interesting to find out being a “professional party promoter”, whether or not Gumo over hyped this event himself telling potential attendees (15,000 were expected) over social networking sites that certain artists were going to appear when no such contact with the artists themselves ever occurred? If you are reading this blog from Singapore and related to the events of 2013 with the cancelled 1 World Music Festival, please comment on this event anonymously if you have any insights. The views to this blog from Singapore have been high.

This last quote was taken from a news source from Singapore that reported on the cancellation of the World Music Festival in 2013 noting the relationship of Gregory Gumo and his failed party promotion in Phuket, Thailand in December 2012 which I have also blogged on:

“Investigations are underway as to whether there was any wrongdoing involved in this fiasco, including accusations of embezzlement. Links have been made to a 1 World Music Festival staff member [Gumo] who was also allegedly involved in a Phuket beach party gone wrong, in which accusations were made that the event was over-hyped.”

Anyone for some nightclubbing…

The new Japan: Money in Japan like Japan itself is stagnating – “kuso” (shit!)

Thought maybe it would be a good idea to break away from the sordid posts on Gregory Gumo and post something different related to Japan. Over the years living in Japan I started looking at land owners and landlords in Japan, which I have a particular loathing for; because they are largely responsible for the stagnation of money. Property “owners” and landlords who collect (extortion) money every month only to stash it in their bank accounts as “their money,” thus freezing up enormous amounts of money not being used properly or efficiently in the economy. The thinking sort of goes like this: “It’s mine, I want it all, so go screw yourselves.” Is it any wonder the LDP has been in power for seventy years?

The local landowner lives in this huge eight bedroom house on the corner newly built, including seven air conditioners to cool the house during the summer. It is surrounded by a tall ornate brick wall and at night, lit up like a castle, meanwhile, there are renters living all around the area in old gray and white painted Soviet-era apartment units. This landlord is sitting on millions and the money is simply stagnating. What is so difficult to understand about the meaning of currency? Currency like an electric current is supposed to keep flowing.

The Japanese are the worst offenders on real estate inflation. I would imagine they are also laundering enormous amounts of money through their banks which are some of the largest in the world. That sounds about right. And the degree of saving money is indeed problematic in Japan. Like in the postal banking system where it is estimated US$2 trillion is sitting there “rotting.” Money is supposed to flow, not stagnate: you get some in, you give some out; repeat cycle. Some simple yet profound changes to the monetary system can diminish those issues. What we have now is WAY too complicated and secretive in Japan. Time for a flood of sunshine. So like when are the Japanese going to get a little gumption here and start rattling the gates of the wealthy in Japan? Probably never.

One hopes the Japanese are still sensitive to shaming? We should really get some cultural cannons blasting in Japan, to inform and mobilize the public – oh, and boot the US Military and CIA mobs out of Japan.

This article appeared
at Global Research

Abe’s Japan – Fascist and Falling

How fast can a country deteriorate? How promptly can it lose its culture, its soul?

Japan was my home for many years. I was running there from countless war zones, to get some rest, to enjoy beautiful nature and its ancient, deep culture.

I learned all about its legends and fairy tales, I knew its creeks and peaks, villages lost in time.

I came here to think and to write, on board those marvelous high-speed trains, Shinkansens.

Long lines at the Japanese airport

But in just a few years, things have gone to the dogs: first slowly, gradually, and then more and more rapidly.

Several “care-free” generations, obsessed with pleasure, entertainment, individualism – generations fully influenced by the West – have finally broken the Japanese spirit, turning it into a bizarre hybrid.

The surface still remains intact, but there is hardly any depth underneath: A train conductor bows humbly to the passengers when leaving the car, but an old lady with heavy shopping bags will not get her seat from an aggressive-looking high school girl, yelling “kuso” (shit!) after every second word.

Japan of the right wing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is bellicose, racist, discriminative but also confused and full of complexes.

It is suddenly not such a great place to be, particularly if you are looking for harmony and social justice.

Only recently, Japan had the most equal distribution of wealth on earth, much better than Europe or Australia. It was easy to spot an MP eating in the same ramen noodle shop as a cleaning lady, if the ramen was good.

Please go to Global Research to read the entire article.


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