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.
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