The US media loves to speculate about what is going on in China. There are riots there, unrest, workers striking, politburo infighting, corruption and other woes. Throughout all this, China continues to build itself bigger and better over time. On the other hand…the US and Japan are doing the opposite. Pointing to China and sneering at them is stupid. It is like mocking someone for a flat tire while your car is going off a cliff, is on fire and your passenger has a gun and is preparing to shoot you.
The US and Japan have been on a downward trajectory in mutual embrace. This problem both countries have mirror each other. Japan won’t let in any foreigners even those it desperately needs while the US lets in millions of illegal aliens, a fair number of whom are criminals. Japan had a trade surplus which is dwindling fast but is rapidly moving its own industries out while the US has done this for generations already. The US and Japan have joined with the desperadoes running the EU off the cliff to isolate a list of oil exporting nations for political geo-power politic ends which are leading to all other nations with some power to ditch the EU/US/Japan banking system especially since it has driven itself off the cliff while the Derivatives Car is on fire.
In the past, I have written many articles about ‘sovereign wealth’. Some EU nations (Germany in particular) have sovereign wealth. The US doesn’t. The nations that are sovereign wealth powers (except for Japan) have begun to build up their alternative systems to eventually replace the US dollar banking system.
When the US foolishly decided to cut Iran out of international banking systems, I predicted this would motivate the Chinese and Russians to push forwards their alternative system and…it has happened: Chinese president calls for promoting BRICS cooperation to new level – Xinhua | English.news.cn
The creation of an investment bank, or “BRICS Bank,” the grouping’s first institution, was also on the agenda. The summit concluded with a Delhi Declaration on major world and regional issues.
BRIC initially grouped Brazil, Russia, India and China, but was enlarged last year to include South Africa and renamed as BRICS. The first BRIC summit was held in 2009.
With roughly 42 percent of the world’s population, BRICS has a combined nominal GDP of 13.6 trillion U.S. dollars in 2011, or 20 percent of the world’s total, according to estimates by the International Monetary Fund. The bloc aims to expand their inter-trade from 230 billion dollars last year to 500 billion dollars by 2015.
The US, so anxious to use military power to gain advantage, in its benighted effort to encircle both Russia and China, has made a massive diplomatic strategic error: our State Department stupidly shoved Russia and China, often enemies, into each other’s arms. They are now forming more and more deep alliances and this will grow greater what with GOP candidates openly calling for a new Cold War with both nations.
We barely survived the first Cold War intact ONLY because Russia and China’s communist dictators hated each other. This kept them very divided and they even went to war in the mid-1960’s over the border between Manchuria and Siberia. Now, we made them best buddies. A major mistake. Then, Putin won his election even as the US screamed hysterically about how it was a bad election (as if our messy garbage-raddled elections are anything to boast about!).
Now, on to Japanese news today. I believe that that nation’s fate will entwine itself with our own messes here to create a collapse of the New World Order unless Europe decides to go ballistic and ape Yugoslavia and fall apart while everyone screams tribal hatreds at each other. Asian neighbors of Japan haven’t forgotten WWII anymore than anyone in Europe has forgotten: NHK WORLD English
Japan has dismissed a South Korean protest over the approval of high school textbooks describing a disputed group of islands as inherent Japanese territory.
Japan’s education ministry completed its screening and approval of senior high school textbooks on Tuesday. An increasing number of the textbooks refer to the Takeshima Islets in the Sea of Japan. One book says South Korea is occupying the islets illegally.
On Wednesday, Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura told reporters the Japanese Embassy in Seoul had received the protest the previous day from South Korea’s foreign ministry. He said the government had dismissed the protest, stressing that the islets are an inherent part of Japan.
Exactly like Israel, Japan’s ability to do even the most basic form of diplomacy has vanished due to using US military power to overwhelm anyone they want to stomp. So they stomp on toes here, there and everywhere. Arrogance oozes from every pore of the gang that rides the US tiger, put into labor for them after the US assumed we won WWII (obviously, we lost).
Japan thinks, simply saying they own these islands they lost in WWII means they own it. To hell with China or Korea! This is how Japan deals with the multitude of rape and murderous actions they did during the occupation of all their neighbors. They just don’t care. The US never made them pay up and so they feel they can ignore demands for retribution. The same goes for whale hunting: everyone hates them for this but they stubbornly do it and don’t even pretend to be polite about it. They do it because they want to do it! To hell with everyone protesting.
But the Furies and Fates are hammering Japan: Fukushima No. 2 reactor radiation level up to 73 sieverts per hour – The Mainichi Daily News
Human beings could die within one month once exposed to 7 sieverts and within several days once exposed to 20 sieverts or more. Usually, when an ordinary reactor is not operating, the radiation level is low enough for workers to enter inside, according to the utility known as TEPCO.
This level kills in minutes if not seconds. And #2 is the nice reactor. #1 and #4 are ten times worse. It is obvious that things are out of control there and there is no human way of cleaning up the mess, there aren’t even tools created yet that can approach the torus where this 10X the maximum rate of radiation for one week survival is happening. That is, robots are unable to do this, running a simple camera set up to look briefly at things can be used only once and only a short while before going on the fritz.
So, why is the government of Japan going ape over some uninhabited islands they lost after WWII? They are going ape over MANY islands, big and small and want everyone to hand over everything they lost after they tried to enslave and rape all of Asia. This arrogance will boomerang in a huge way in the not too distant future.
Talking about pollution and not being able to stop things from happening, “May be months” to stop North Sea gas cloud – Total the oil company in Europe was trying to tap into gas fields in the North Sea when it went haywire like the Gulf of Mexico mess and exploded. Now, just like the Gulf of Mexico event, they can’t plug it so all shipping has to avoid the entire area or cause a HUGE explosion.
So, Fukushima isn’t the only energy event we have to worry about. Our quest for oil is causing wars, pollution and lots of CO2. While everyone at the top yells at us about CO2 pollution, they are also madly seeking out more oil, more gas and in between that, want to plop down more nuclear power plants. Are they insane? Of course: YES.
Back to the Japanese being increasingly arrogant, U.S. congressional panel advances bill on child abductions which is very much due to Japan and Saudi Arabia kidnapping children from mixed marriages and not letting the other parent see them again. Both do this arrogantly and openly and even when signing treaties about this, ignore it and refuse to cooperate. Many an American has made the mistake of marrying a Japanese man or woman only to suddenly discover they have zero rights in a divorce if the spouse can kidnap the child and hide it. Here are some comments from the above article from bereaved parents living in Japan or the US, desiring the US to punish the Japanese rulers financially (tariffs!) for enabling kidnappers:
Meanwhile, China has corruption but Japan has tons of that, too, maybe even worse since it makes the news over and over and over again yet nothing is ever done to stop it (sounds like here in the US!!!): 90 percent of pension fund workers in charge of asset management are amateurs: gov’t – The Mainichi Daily News
The survey found that of all the 721 retired national government employees who had landed jobs at the pension funds — up 75 from 646 in May 2009 when a previous survey was conducted — 689 were from the defunct Social Insurance Agency and the welfare ministry. Of the 200 corporate pension funds where their board members finished their term of office after September 2010 when the welfare ministry urged corporate pension funds across the country to accept applications from the public for their top executive posts, only 37 advertised for their top positions, the survey showed.
In Congress, aides to our ‘elected’ (sic) officials slide over to K Street all the time to become lobbyists or they get sweetheart jobs in industries and areas they are supposed to regulate. Ditto, Japan. This rot at the heart of both governments leads to disasters like Fukushima or the Gulf oil spill.
Japan is in desperate need for foreigners to take care of them as they slowly die off: 36 foreigners pass care worker exam amid dropping applicant numbers – The Mainichi Daily News
It was announced on March 28 that 36 Indonesians and Filipinos had passed the first care worker exam in Japan under Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) with those nations — a pass rate of 37.9 percent.
However, the number of foreigners coming to Japan to take the exam has dropped to less than a third of that during the program’s peak, apparently due to language barriers and the one-shot exam system…Though the pass rate for the care worker exam exceeded that for a similar exam for foreigners aspiring to be nurses in Japan — which hovers around 10 percent — the care sector remains jittery in the face of labor shortages and the world’s fastest-aging society…
…The government’s equivocal attitude has resulted in a decline in the number of care facilities that are willing to accept foreign care worker candidates. While there were 53 facilities that accepted Indonesian candidates in fiscal 2008, that number had dropped to 29 by fiscal 2011. Likewise, while 92 facilities accepted Filipino candidates in fiscal 2009, the figure dwindled to 33 in fiscal 2011.
One of the contributing factors is the difference in nursing care subsidies provided to facility operators. While a care facility must maintain a ratio of one employee for every three residents, foreign care worker candidates are not regarded as “employees,” and their salaries are therefore not covered by the government subsidies.
The futility of the government is very vivid in this story. They desperately need these nurses but they don’t want them due to racist reasons so, like Israeli Jews, they have to abuse ‘guest workers’ and drive out anyone from Asia who might live there permanently. The nurses that do manage to hike over have to study Japanese, a difficult language, while working. This is nearly impossible. And the government doesn’t care! End of story.
Meanwhile, the US is going insane: Passengers subdue crazed flight captain who screamed about bomb. Our airports look more and more like the Soviet Union. People go mad because it is a mad, mad, mad, mad airport world here. Who wants to participate in it? Only people who must. The man was screaming about 9/11 and Iraq while running up and down the aisles. Maybe he should run for President.
And news from our Knesset here that lavishes money on Israel’s defenses: Pentagon backs expanding Israel’s anti-rocket defenses. Namely, we get to pay 100% the cost of protecting Iron Dome, the place where all the nukes are hiding. Great, isn’t it? Maybe I should run up and down the aisles of a jet screaming about this.
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