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12/24/2013

Ho, ho, ho! Japan’s Prime Minister ‘Santa’ Abe brings gifts

Ho, ho, ho! Abe Santa brings inflationary* gifts for everyone!

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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。
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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.


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12/11/2013

Wanna Japan job? Pay 25 bucks to apply. wwwwwwwwwwwwww

With commenters 10 times more moronic than Youtube, Japan’s Nico Nico Douga video service (Wiki) has decided to tap into the stupidity of its users. Nico Nico Douga’s parent company, Dwango, has started charging their retarded job applicants a $25 USD fee in their requests for employment with them.

Popular Dwango to charge job applicant fee to narrow field
Dec. 10, 2013
Internet firm Dwango Co. has announced that it will charge a fee of 2,525 yen for students applying for entry-level jobs at the company.
The move, announced last week, is intended to narrow the pool of applicants to “only those who are serious about working with the firm,” Dwango says on its website.
The firm, which runs the popular video-sharing site Niko Niko Douga [sic] ...more...
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Why use Nico Nico Douga when Youtube offers the same video service? The Japanese advantage is that you can add to the endless scrolling “comments” across the screen such as:

wwwwwコハハハゥゥゥゥゥゥ wwwwwww wwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww ハハハ wwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww ワロタwww wwwwゥゥゥゥゥゥ ハハハ 下手www wwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww ハハハ ワロタwww wwww ….
nico-nuco-comments

All those wwwww mean ‘laughter’ in Japanese netspeak.

Visit the Japanese and worthless engrish website at: www.nicovideo.jp

Posted by Taro in Economy, General, Internet | 1 Comment »

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11/17/2013

Students perfect skills for the Japanese job market

All spiffed out in pretty pink blazers, the boys of Nippon Sports Science University show off their skills for working in the mid-20th Century. Wo0t!

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University Festival promotes synchronized walking in Japan
CBS News | Nov 15, 2013
….students at Nippon Sports Science University have taken walking to a whole new level …
…3 days per week the exercises to get them in shape for the dazzling performances. Their practice forced them to walking up to 1,200 kilometers (720 miles) in total – roughly the distance from Paris to Rome.
The captain of the team…23-year-old Keiko Suzuki said…
“We all mastered this highly disciplined training and made it our habit to stick to strict rules. I believe this experience will be an asset as we enter into the job market
More…

This impressive performance of synchronized walking is called Shudankodo (集団行動), which in Japanese means “Collective Action” …sort of like the Borg Collective (Wiki).


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10/9/2013

Japan’s new Octo-tank shoots at defeating deflation

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Sad-sack Japan has been in a deflationary spiral for two “Lost Decade(s)” with no hope in sight. The current administration of Prime Minister Abe has promoted the idea of Abenomics—a massive expansion of public investment to re-inflate Japan’s Zombie Economy.

In one way to boost inflation, the Japanese Defense Ministry brought out their new “MCV”–Maneuver Combat Vehicle (機動戦闘車 kidou-senntou-sha) at Sagamihara just west of Tokyo today as shown in the photo above.

The MCV, 8.45 m in length and weighs 26 tons (which is half the size and weight of the opposition). It can cruise at over 100kph while firing its autoloading 105mm cannon and it also has a 12.7 mm heavy machine gun. Plans are to deploy the MCV in 2016.

wikipedia.org/wiki/Maneuver_Combat_Vehicle
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Posted by Taro in Economy, General, Politics | 5 Comments »

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8/2/2013

Too kool Japan

Nothing makes me laugh more than the idea that über-hinky Japan is somehow “cool.” As I posted before in Is Japan cool? Toilets? (3Yen / 2012-03-07), the Japanese government is grasping at straws trying to promote foreign tourism.

cool japan campaign title
right-wing sound trucks big black busses hi-tech toilet hot spring old lady japan onsen baba
top 3 cool japan
white space is good for the soulmt-fuji-trashmore_94x150white space is good for the soulInstantaneous Vending-Machine Skirt white space is good for the soulharajuku girl japan
cool japan top 4, 5, and 6

Today, I spotted this riff on the uncool Cool Japan…

Japanese Government’s ‘Uncool’ Cool Japan Video Goes Viral
Wall Street Journal blog–Aug. 2, 2013
a home-made Cool Japan video shot by two ministry officials and uploaded to YouTube last month has attracted so much criticism that it’s gone viral, prompting Japan’s online community to ask: Can something be so uncool that it’s actually cool?m0Ar!~

My favorite part of the WSJ post was the quote from a Japanese commenter:
quoter leftThe Economy Ministry’s Cool Japan explanation video was so cool that I feel like I’m catching a coldquoter right
too-cool-japan..


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6/22/2013

Japan’s nursing-care robots for elderly…again

Just make damn sure that Bear-bot is unplugged before the grandkids come over to visit.

bear-bot in japan robot

Abe Cabinet moving toward promoting Nursing robots for elderly
halojepang.com (Kyodo Press) 12 June 2013
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government has allocated 2.39 billion yen in the budget for fiscal 2013 to help develop nursing care robots and spread their use. The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry chose last month 24 companies that will receive subsidies covering half to two-thirds of the cost of developing what it calls “nursing care robot equipment.”
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Sadly, these nursing care robots of the RIKEN Institute have been around forever. RIBA-II, the care-giving Teddy Bear (3Yen.com / 2011-08-03) shown above has been in development for a long time without any the bear-bots going into practical use in nursing homes and hospitals.

The 3Yen first reported years ago about the predecessor of the RIBA, the RI-MAN robot in: Stroke my soft machine(3Yen / 2006-03-01)

Click to play RI-MAN.
please hold-up that woman video nagoya riken
RIKEN Institute, Nagoya
: said-openPlease hold-up that woman.said-closed

Couple of the other Bear-bot reports on the 3Yen were:
. . . Bear-bot that reads your tweets (3Yen.com / 2011-01-26)
. . . Robo-teddy vs Alzheimer’s (3Yen.com / 2010-10-08 )


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5/8/2013

Japan’s Abenomics is uplifting!

uplifting bra full-sized for japan

Japan’s new “Abenomics” policy to spur hyperinflation: It Lifts and Separates the electorate…

Japan hopes for a lift from “Abenomics” bra
Reuters / May 8, 2013
The Japanese division of lingerie maker Triumph International unveiled on Wednesday an “Abenomics” bra, a special edition it says offers a “growth strategy” and a potential lift towards Japan's elusive inflation targetmore


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2/2/2013

The growing ranks of ‘McDonald’s refugees’ in Japan

Homeless, jobless forced to take refuge under Golden Arches
Asahi News | Jan. 31, 2013
Japan’s long-moribund economy has spawned a new breed of jobless and homeless people dubbed “makudo nanmin,” or refugees at McDonald’s.
Mostly in their 30s and 40s, they typically spend the night at a McDonald’s restaurantfor 100 yen over a cup of coffee.
Many of the makudo nanmin graduated from school during the employment “ice age” from the mid-1990s to the mid-2000s, joined the labor market as temporary workers and eventually lost their jobs.
More…
McDonalds refugees japan homeless
Image ripped-off from DannyChoo {sorry}.

I know quite a few of these “refugees”—contracted “code monkeys” who were at Hitachi but never hired full-time. Now if they have a short-term contracts at Softbank/Docomo/whatever, they sleep under their desk after midnight. Otherwise, they sleep at McDonald’s (or grandma’s farm) until they scrounge up their next subcontract and have a new temporary desk to sleep under.

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10/14/2012

Zombies march on Ginza!


Anti-IMF activists stage rally in Tokyo
theSundaily | TOKYO (Oct 13, 2012): Protesters calling for an end to the International Monetary Fund hit the streets of…upscale Ginza shopping districtmore
ginza zombies demo protest imf

The Zombie protesters rallied against the meetings of the IMF/World Bank waving wads of fake Japanese money mocking the super rich as shambled along the luxury shopping haunt of the Ginza in downtown Tokyo. A fun time was had by one and all.

duo dorks demo tokyo japan


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5/24/2012

Schizoid Japanese economic news

Looking at today’s economic news coming out of Japan today, I saw these two schizoid headlines positioned almost next to each other on googlenews

Japan’s April Trade Gap Widens, Exports Fall
(businessweek.com | 2012-05-22)

Japan Exports Rise at Fastest Pace in Over a Year
(Reuters | 2012-05-22)

Schizoid Japanese economic news

Posted by Taro in Economy, General | 1 Comment »

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