An interest in cosplay should be a key no-no for any job prospect evaluation by human resources, as I have said countless times* here on the 3Yen.
Why the rise of cosplay is a bad sign for the economy
—Dressing up like Wolverine … is probably more fun than scouring the classifieds for menial jobs—
The Week | October 9, 2014
Tokyo looks to start a chain reaction of MORE CONCRETE!
Tokyo looks to start chain reaction of urban renewal
Nikkei | 2014 Oct. 03
The Japanese government will throw funding and tax relief behind a new approach to thinning out overcrowded residential areas…more…
The idea is that the Tokyo government will use idle municipal land to build fero-concrete apartment blocks to serve as new homes for people living in areas designated for redevelopment. Then the evil old homes will erased for new blocks of concrete cages for people.
Previous posts on Japanese concrete love that I have covered on the 3Yen include:
• Japan’s national tree–concrete utility pole (3Yen / 2011-01-14
• 10 Ugly Rivers of the World (3Yen / 2010-02-05)
• Japanese Junkspace (3Yen / 2008-06-29)
• Ill-Machine, Tokyo (3Yen / 2008-01-22) ↓
Finally, here’s a solution to Japan’s laid-back/moribund economy*…
Japanese wartime slogan:
"Lower living standards,
raise the flag!"
MT @ThinkSmart2011 @masafumi_yoshi: 今日の安倍政権を見ているようだ pic.twitter.com/TcNaovlpnL— Anthony Davis (@ozAntinnippon) September 3, 2014
With today’s loss at the World Cup (3Yen / 2014-06-25), Japan’s “Samurai Blue” team (above) is changing its name to 3rd Arrow after Prime Minister Abe’s “Japan Revitalization Strategy”…
Read more about PM Abe’s disastrous Three Arrows at Documents | Prime Minister of Japan and His Cabinet: Overview of “Japan Revitalization Strategy” for New Growth .
The Great Wall of Japan is yet another dubious plan to concrete over much of the country’s coast for the LOVE OF CONCRETE™, grrr.
The Great Wall of Japan
—Tsunami protection–or a boondoggle for builders?—
The Economist.com | 2014 June 14
…Three years ago, an earthquake under the Pacific Ocean triggered towering waves that carried away over 18,000 people and caused a meltdown at the Fukushima Dai-ichi power station…
…Japan’s government wasted little time announcing a favourite solution: pouring concrete. A few months after the disaster it pledged to build hundreds of seawalls and breakers in the three worst-hit prefectures of Fukushima, Miyagi and Iwate. The total cost will be up to ¥1 trillion ($9.8 billion). More walls are planned. A report by the ministries of agriculture and land said 14,000km of Japan’s 35,000km coastline requires tsunami protection.
Seawalls are controversial. They look hideous and the evidence for their effectiveness is flimsy…in the city of Kamaishi a $1.6 billion breakwater, listed in the “Guinness Book of Records” as the world’s largest, crumbled on impact. Nearly 90% of existing seawalls along the northeast coast suffered a similar fate. Critics say they even resulted in greater damage being caused elsewhere. “There is simply no guarantee that seawalls will stop every single tsunami,” says Nobuo Shuto, an engineer at Tohoku University.
Environmentalists, surfers, and anybody sane hates these concrete seawalls and tetrapods because over time they cause all the sand on beaches destroying the beach habitat creating a concrete dead zone. The Japanese fishing industry is so stupid they don’t realize that by destroying the beach/coastal habitat they are further reducing the number of fish in their already over-fished waters, arrrg.
Previous 3Yen reports (since 2006) on this concrete problem include:
Japanese loooooove slogans: The dorkier/dasai, the better.
For the past few years, the Japan Tourism Agency main slogan is Japan. Endless discovery™, which is soooo easy to “improve.1”
My tips to boost Japan
FT.com June 6, 2014 by Tyler 💩 Brûlé
Dear Prime Minister Abe,
Greetings …While waiting in the immigration queue (you should try flying in and standing in this line sometime—especially if your flight comes in one minute after a packed Korean Air jumbo where no one has filled out their immigration forms)…
…I’ve noticed that you’ve been on a bit of a media spending spree of late…surely you can do better than the dreadful tourism campaign you’re running? Not only does it look tired and dated (Mt Fuji, sushi and sakura), it does nothing to sell your country’s edgier, more intimate side. Then again, it’s perhaps a good thing that it’s not creating a tourism boom because your immigration system needs a complete overhaul.
We’ll leave aside the issue of residency for foreigners for now, and just deal with the cumbersome immigration and customs forms that need filling out. Why two? And why not adopt a speedier system for regular business visitors (like Hong Kong has implemented) or some kind of fast track? A 40-minute wait in a too-warm immigration hall is a poor welcome…more…
And, improvement is desperately needed as Japan slowly is spirally down the toilet of demographic decline*
and Zimbabwe-levels of public debt†
, (Wiki), (Economist.com)
Playing with balls—Japanese Prime Minister Abe wants m0Ar~!
The question is: Can more baseball save Japan — or at least Abenomics?
That is, with the dead-in-the-water state of the economic reforms of Abenomics (3Yen / 2013-12-24) and the increasingly desperate attempts to boost Japan’s moribund economy with “Wankernomics” (3Yen / 2014-03-22), will expansion teams for Japanese baseball really help?
Japan’s new plan to beat deflation: More baseball
chicagotribune.com | May 20, 2014
A set of recommendations to lift growth in Japan’s economy drafted by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s party seen by Reuters calls for slashing corporate taxes, reforming public pensions, and — in a curve ball — increasing the number of professional baseball teams to 16 from 12.
"Prosperous baseball teams could strengthen attachment to regional cities and help local economies thrive," said the report…
…But most professional teams survive in Japan because losses can be treated as tax-deductible marketing costs for corporate sponsors, such as such as Orix Corp and Yakult Honsha Co.…
In the press photos below, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plays with himself in a new ‘pop-up pirate’ game in which his likeness has been inserted in the role of a pirate.
According to AFP/Getty Images (April 26, 2014), Prime Minister Abe made his figurine,
pop up from the top of the barrel as he wishes to jump up Japanese economy.
Ri-i-ight, like this really gonna help…
However, Prime Minister Abe is keeping good company since previous Pop-up Pirate versions have included Hard Gay UFO Pirates of the Caribbean—(3Yen / 2007-05-09) and Hello Kitty…
←(3Yen / 2007-05-09)
Can’t help feeling there might be better ways for Yamagata’s deputy governor to promote his region’s cherries. pic.twitter.com/xVq6dOSVDv
— Mulboyne (@Mulboyne)’s twitter | April 21, 2014
Yamagata’s deputy governor must be a relative of former Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshio Sakaurauchi who famously introduced himself to the Washington press corps by saying, “My name is Cherry.”
Google books: Beyond Public Speech and Symbols: Explorations in the Rhetoric of Politicians and the Media
by Christ’l de Landtsheer, Ofer Feldman
Greenwood Publishing Group, Jan 1, 2000; pg. 167, para. 3
Ho, ho, ho! Abe Santa brings inflationary* gifts for everyone!
サンタクロースは / 資本主義の手下 / で、あってほしくないね。
281_AntiNuke (@281_)’s twitter Dec. 24, 2013
*PM Abe’s glow-in-the-dark gifts are intended to be “inflationary” as it is the stated policy of “Abenomics” (Wiki) to jumpstart the Japanese economy by increasing government spending for the military and for public works such as fixing TEPCO Corporation’s nuclear plant meltdown in Fukushima.