Japan is the world’s most important dystopia. It has been the world’s #2 or #3 economy for nearly half a century. All it has to show for this is a collapsing society. The birth rate is plummeting, wages keep declining, too. The standard of living has grown worse, not better for nearly 20 years. Social disconnection is growing rapidly as the people turn actively suicidal. The beauty and style of old Japan has fallen off a cliff, the aesthetic culture is collapsing faster than the population upon which it is based.
We have to learn lessons from what appears before us. This is highly important. Looking at things in a romantic way is dangerous if this is an illusion. Japan’s fast fade to nothingness should alarm everyone since it is a fate others can easily share. This is one reason why I look into this a great deal. Just as Jews have chosen a very dangerous, indeed, fatal national/socialist/religious model based on Nazi Germany, the Japanese have chosen a Singularity model in which modern technology wipes out the humans or turns them into semi-robot androids incapable of social interactions.
One aspect of depressed Japan is how redundant most of the people there have become: Univ student held for overturning highway bus in suicide bid
- Kajita said he knew there were other passengers but he seized control of the bus because he wanted to die, police said. Kajita told police he had been frustrated at not being able to find a job.
Atomized and frustrated Americans take out their agitation by killing other people or their families. Generally speaking, the Japanese do the suicide route more often. Occasionally, one goes berserk like this young student and try to get everyone at once. The Sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway is the most infamous example. The Aum Shinrikyo are a classic ‘We are all doomed/end of times’ group.
I have been very annoyed with the Global Warming/Climate Change people for playing this ‘We are all doomed!’ game. All this does is create FATALISM. The energy behind the ‘We are going to roast/freeze to death’ calls may be sincere and in good faith. But instead of doing good, it is creating more evil. The tactics are fatal in themselves. The thinking, the ideology and the verbiage all leads to ‘To Hell with this, let’s party, dudes!’ sort of behavior or ‘I’ll kill you if you talk about global climate change’ irritation.
For many years, Western commentators loved to claim that first the Chinese and then the Muslims were all fatalists. But what we see today is fermentation, energy and activity in all Chinese or Muslim communities. People are extremely active and anything but fatalistic! They are energetically fighting for a piece of the economic pie. They are demanding more services, more civil rights. They are changing the world and not backing down but facing down bullets, tanks and the US military industrial Machine of Doom itself!
How un-fatalistic is this!?! Amazing, the depths of the human psyche when confronting nettlesome problems. They know instinctively, they have to fight. The Japanese people, like the civilized and spoiled global warming people, are resigned to things getting worse and worse, not better and better. I begged the global warming people to be positive, I want a solar panel array on every roof in America since 1978! This is a long time, wanting this!
And not getting it since we spent most of our wealth trying to persuade Muslims and the Chinese to be more fatalistic and to give up and not struggle against us. Japan is different: the import most of their energy so the government, to keep a trade surplus, has prevented the people there from owning many cars (ownership of cars is declining rapidly!) and to not use many modern conveniences most Americans take for granted (no driers, etc.).
The Japanese ride many more bikes than Americans. They also live in much, much smaller homes. They are living in the ‘stop global warming’ village of the future. And are intensely unhappy. We have to ask, why is this? I would begin to suggest that this is very connected to their free trade (closed home base) economic system: they manufacture many, many nice things US consumers love to buy and use…and they can’t use them, themselves, due to energy costs!
Fatalism has gripped Japan to the point, people are not building future families but instead, are going to use up what little is left of the estate to screw around until they die or commit suicide: For many Japanese, laid-back overseas vacations a one-way ticket to nowhere
- Ten years ago while on a visit to Southeast Asia, Hiroshi Sumida, age 42, was cheated out of his entire savings (about 1 million yen) and since then, he has subsisted as a NEET (not in education, employment or training). Sumida had managed to work sporadically until three years ago, but then while on a visit to India, he got turned on by marijuana, and, as he describes it, “either achieved ‘satori’ (enlightenment) or completely lost my desire to compete with other people anymore.
- “Once my parents pass away, I plan to sell the house and use the money to take one last trip,” he vows.
- One agency says sales of such tickets has been growing at the rate of 1.3- to 1.4-fold each year, males in the 40 to 60 age group accounting for 70% of total demand…..While the middle-aged backpackers make fairly frequent journeys abroad, vacation travel by students, by contrast, has reportedly been declining at the rate of 5% to 10% per year.
This isn’t the first case of fatalism killing a nation or empire. When the Roman Empire was overrun by Christianity, this religion was preaching about the end of the world and everyone worried that all things would cease to operate the way they did in the past. People simply gave up all hope. The only future was a dead future and they acted accordingly: 1,000 years of severe economic and social depression!
The ‘Dark Ages’ featured falling populations, land turning back to wild forests, social and political disintegration, ethnic tribal warfare and invasions, the near disappearance of ‘money’, trade grinding to a near halt, traders suddenly shifting into raiders (Vikings are a prime example of this): chaos reigned and society collapsed. There was little to no government (PLEASE NOTE THIS FACT!!!!).
Fatalism in the US is in the form of ‘no or small governments are best’ ideologies alongside worries about ‘what is money’ not being answered despite a long history of examples and answers to about nearly every question about ‘what is money’ and ‘why do we need this?’
Periodically, I stroll around Japanese cities using Google Earth. It is very depressing. Not only are shades firmly shut on nearly all windows, many have metal or wood shudders that are totally down! The sense of isolation is great.
I have watched Japanese TV since childhood. When I got cable in NYC, I was one of the first people in the US to get this and I got Japanese and German TV on it since it was mainly pitched for foreigners who didn’t want just US free TV. Anime and shows made in Japan in 1960-1980 show streets populated with children and bustling with people who actually interact with each other. Over the decades, this has changed to modern anime shows where the streets are empty, hostile or filled with aliens or zombies.
The popular shows about fantasy villages and towns are filled with a sense of nostalgia and often end up being totally or nearly destroyed by hostile aliens or worse, ‘traitors’ who return filled with a sense of revenge, seeking to destroy former classmates and neighbors! It is very sad, watching this.
The old post-WWII shows had alien beings destroying stuff a la US Air Force. But the modern ones show Japanese destroying themselves. There are even shows, quite a few, about ‘NEET’ youth who are unemployed, unable to go to school and even unable to leave their homes. This near-total retreat from living is scary. No. of people dying alone rises in ‘no-relationship’ society › Japan Today:
- It has been a prominent issue since January 2010, when NHK aired a documentary titled “Muen Shakai” – literally, a “no-relationship society.” Traditional community relationships withered with modernization in the late 19th century and died in the mid-20th. Family relationships are faring little better. An economy denying many people a foothold, combined with communications technology that joins us virtually but isolates us concretely, have left the individual largely on his or her own – for better and for worse.
- There’s a company called Keepers whose business it is to dispose of possessions left behind by those who die in solitude. Its director, Taichi Yoshida, tells Shukan Jitsuwa, “Lately we’re seeing more young people dying alone. Nearly 20% of our business involves people in their 40s and 50s.”
- … “Nowadays there’s a style of dining that exists somewhere between dining out and dining in. When you go out to eat, you interact with people in the restaurant. When you cook for yourself, you make some sort of personal connection in the store where you buy your ingredients, with the staff or with other customers. But when you eat prepared foods exclusively, something you just pop into the microwave, you connect with nobody.”
Unemployment is very high in all the Muslim nations that are seeing active revolts. But in Japan, people are just giving up. The fabled long life of the Japanese is due to two things: WWII killed off the weak and to survive, you had to be very, very hardy which is why Okinawa, the island that saw the worst fighting, has the most elderly people living the longest…and due to lying about the death rates.
That is, many ‘elderly’ were really dead. Hidden from view so the survivors could get the benefits and avoid funeral costs. The longevity of the post-war generation is another story. Once the last pre-WWII Japanese die, the true nature of the futility of life in Japan will be unveiled. Many will die long before they reach 65 years.
Social and emotional isolation takes a severe toll on a person. In the US, we have social chaos spilling out of the underclass in the inner cities to the middle class suburbs. Short relationships anchored by a grandmother collapses when the older generation dies off. The new ‘grandmothers’ are as detached as their offspring and their offspring so there ceases to be this solid core of stability.
As US marriages fail and families detach from each other, social chaos spreads and with it, the sense that we are all doomed. The Christian movement didn’t stop this, it accelerated this process. Oddly enough, it is the battle against abortion driving the Christian middle class into destruction!
That is, all the teens want teen sex like Palin’s kids, but won’t get abortions or use birth controls and then they get pregnant and end up like many ghetto black mothers: isolated, socially weak and supporting children alone without child payments a middle class dad might provide, for example.
Teen Mom and Teen Mom 2 are quite instructive: the young girls think they will have happy families after baby arrives. Instead, they drop out of high school, lose their boyfriends and end up in economic and emotional chaos with no hope of a good future and dependent on grandma and grandpa for sustenance and affection.
Despite the obvious proof that anti-abortion actions leads to the destruction of the middle class girls this way, the far right in the US pushes for more anti-birthcontrol actions. In Japan, the problem ceased to be birthcontrol. The males there are no longer much interested in any sex with any woman at all. This is the final result of the collapse of the family due to unemployment, underemployment and working the remaining workforce to death with longer and longer hours.
Here are two letters in reply to the Japanese article above: No. of people dying alone rises in ‘no-relationship’ society › Japan Today:
- How many times do you see people smile in Tokyo? I’ve lived here for years, months go by without seeing someone smile. Trains are like libraries, the streets are quiet. People in this country just don’t communicate or interact effectively with other human beings. They’re all “in the zone” – oblivious to what’s going on around them, unable to respond or deal with humans on a one-on-one or spontaneous setting.
- Everything in Tokyo is insular and isolating. Cell phones, Ipods/pads, game players. How often do you see a circle of teens all on their phones and not even talking to each other? At least three or four times a day and I don’t spend much time around kids.
- At work no one talks. On the train people are too busy fighting for that 1cm of space. No one smiles. No one talks. And the 30-50 year old guys on my train route have the expressions of reanimated zombies who are not happy to be back from the grave.
- Tokyo is a a social desert. X million people living in isolation in the same physical area. Sex is in decline, friendship rare, social circles a myth and interpersonal skills illusory. Sad!
NYC streets are very noisy. And people do smile there but not as often as they could. I used to have tons of fun going about NYC, smiling because strangers would come up to me and begin interacting. Met many tourists this way! Had some real fun, too. It was great when I was working the streets doing political activities.
Sometimes, for the fun of it, I would start a group conversation on the subway. That is, get people to start spontaneously talking about some issue, often, subway issues. This way, I could get a gage on what was really going on in people’s minds and use this information when doing political activities.
The streets of Cairo are very animated. The government there had to go to great lengths to scare people into not publicly discussing political matters or complaining about conditions. As soon as they could, they broke the government’s barriers to discussions and loudly, and quite publicly took to the streets and had a very fruitful conversation!
Back to Japan: WikiLeaks unveils Japanese spy agency
- FOR the first time since World War II, Japan is establishing a secret foreign intelligence service to spy on China and North Korea and gather information to prevent terrorist attacks. The spy unit has been created under the wing of Japan’s peak intelligence agency, the Cabinet Intelligence and Research Office, or Naicho. It is modelled on Western intelligence services such as the CIA, the Australian Secret Intelligence Service and Britain’s MI6. The existence of the new Japanese espionage capability is revealed in a leaked US diplomatic cable obtained by WikiLeaks and provided exclusively to the Herald.
China loves this news. Since the US uses the CIA to assassinate people and stir up riots in the streets, knowing that the Japanese intend to ape this is…wow. Poor Japan! The Chinese are far more likely to succeed in this tit for tat game! They are dynamic! They are energetic! They are also ruthless. I like the excuse, this will stop terrorist attacks.
There is no terrorism worse than CIA or Mossad assassinations not to mention terroristic US invasions. I am betting Japan is apologizing to China over and over again for this. According to the Japanese news, over 8,000 Japanese businesses have been established in just one Chinese coastal trade town. All the biggest Japanese corporations have factories and sell stuff in China.
China will give all of this a big, fat, nasty squeeze. The Japanese government shouldn’t worry about foreign terrorists. The Japanese people are self-destructing far faster and far more effectively than a million overseas terrorists. There are over 150 million Japanese going to the grave! Good lord. Save them! Don’t worry about terrorists.
While keeping all aliens locked out of Japan, the government has to bring them in since the Japanese people are falling into fatal apathy: Myanmar refugees under resettlement program to work as farmers: The government has to insure they remain on the remote farms and not drift into the cities. All previous attempts to bring in people have led to hysteria in Japan.
Even Koreans brought in as slaves are not socially accepted in Japan to this day and no one aside from the Koreans can tell the two people apart! This is due to the fact that much of Japan was colonized by Koreans in the first place (displacing the Ainu to the far north!). Even if a Korean born in Japan speaks perfect Japanese, they are part of a genetic record which the government keeps which can be looked into by Japanese to see where one comes from and thus, discriminate against them!
This brings me back to Israel: the Jews there want a Japanese-style culture that locks out ‘aliens’ even if they, themselves, are invaders (even the Bible admits this!). India struggles with racial discrimination, too. It is even more ancient that the Japanese and Jewish attempts, it goes back thousands and thousands of years and is totally noxious. But won’t end unless there is a Chinese communist-style revolution. Which might possibly happen. Time will tell.
Of course, according to the global warming people, there is no time left, we are all doomed. Like the Japanese people. See how bizarre all of this is? This is why I call my blog, ‘The Culture of Life.’