– Japan GDP Biggest Miss In 18 Months; Slowest Growth Since Before Second Coming Of Abe (ZeroHedge, Feb 16, 2014)
– Nuke foes’ loss lets Abe push for restarts (Japan Times, Feb 10, 2014):
The defeat of two anti-nuclear candidates, including former Prime Minister Morihiro Hosokawa, in Sunday’s Tokyo gubernatorial election has given the central government a boost of confidence as it prepares to move forward with an energy policy supporting the use of atomic power.
“We plan to compile a feasible and balanced Basic Energy Plan (for medium- to long-term energy policy),” Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told a Diet committee Monday morning.
YouTube Added: Feb 4, 2014
Celente: ‘There’s panic on the Street’ simply because the economy is faltering. Gerald talks about the Fed, the US Economy and global economic trends. The US Federal Reserve has pared its QE program even before Janet Yellen took the reins. The question for Celente is what this means for the US economy. Yields have gone down, not up. But Celente believes this will not last and that the economy is faltering to boot. Note: Gerald’s segment starts at 4:06 in this video.
– ‘Abe-genda’: nuclear export superpower (Japan Times, Jan 25, 2014):
A lot is riding on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s push to export nuclear technology abroad. As Abe visits New Delhi on the occasion of India’s Republic Day, we examine the nuclear component of ‘Abenomics’ infrastructure-exports growth strategy
– Forecast 2014 — Burning Down the House (By James Howard Kunstler, Jan 6, 2014):
Many of us in the Long Emergency crowd and like-minded brother-and-sisterhoods remain perplexed by the amazing stasis in our national life, despite the gathering tsunami of forces arrayed to rock our economy, our culture, and our politics. Nothing has yielded to these forces already in motion, so far. Nothing changes, nothing gives, yet. It’s like being buried alive in Jell-O. It’s embarrassing to appear so out-of-tune with the consensus, but we persevere like good soldiers in a just war.
Paper and digital markets levitate, central banks pull out all the stops of their magical reality-tweaking machine to manipulate everything, accounting fraud pervades public and private enterprise, everything is mis-priced, all official statistics are lies of one kind or another, the regulating authorities sit on their hands, lost in raptures of online pornography (or dreams of future employment at Goldman Sachs), the news media sprinkles wishful-thinking propaganda about a mythical “recovery” and the “shale gas miracle” on a credulous public desperate to believe, the routine swindles of medicine get more cruel and blatant each month, a tiny cohort of financial vampire squids suck in all the nominal wealth of society, and everybody else is left whirling down the drain of posterity in a vortex of diminishing returns and scuttled expectations.
– Public’s reaction to ‘betrayal’ (Japan Times, Jan 2, 2014):
On Nov. 11, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited the National Archives of Japan in Tokyo. It was the first time that an incumbent prime minister visited this institute. But the visit was reported only on its website.
Some would think the visit is a trivial pastime because the archives are apolitical in nature and keep old materials that they think are of only narrow interest to academic historians. But it is rather suggestive in relation to the state secrets law railroaded through the Diet on Dec. 6.
Documents stored at archives can be very political because there are cases in which disclosed documents show the reality of highly politically delicate decisions. The problem with the state secrets law is that it enables the government to hide public documents designated as secrets semi-permanently and even to discard them, completely contrary to the international standard.
– Chinese Media Compares Japan PM To “Terrorists And Fascists”; Blasts Abe’s Homage To “Devils”, Urges Boycott (ZeroHedge, Dec 27, 2013):
On Thursday, Japan prime minister Shinzo Abe stunned the world by defying everyone – including the EU and the US whose embassy sent a tersely worded letter in which is said that it is “disappointed that Japan’s leadership has taken an action that will exacerbate tensions with Japan’s neighbors” – when he visited the Yasukuni Shrine where Japanese leaders convicted as war criminals by an Allied tribunal after World War Two are honored along with those who died in battle, for the first time in 7 years. The response was fast and furious. Below, courtesy of Reuters, is a snapshot of the morning after in the Chinese media. The reviews of Abe’s action were not glowing.
In an editorial headlined “Abe’s paying homage to the devils makes people outraged”, the Chinese military’s People’s Liberation Army Daily said Abe’s action had “seriously undermined the stability of the region”.
– Japanese PM revives militarist traditions (WSWS, Dec 27, 2013):
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit yesterday to the notorious Yasukuni Shrine to the country’s war dead is another provocative step towards the revival of Japanese militarism that has exacerbated already sharp regional tensions. China and South Korea, which were both subject to Japan’s brutal wartime rule, immediately condemned the visit—the first by an incumbent prime minister since Junichiro Koizumi went to the shrine in 2006.
The Yasukuni Shrine is not simply a war memorial, but a potent symbol of Japanese militarism in the 1930s and 1940s. It symbolically interns many of Japan’s war dead, including 14 “Class A” war criminals convicted by an Allied tribunal. In its incendiary character, Abe’s visit to Yasukuni is comparable to a government leader in Germany deciding to pay homage at the graves of Nazi leaders.
– China irate over Japan’s plan to beef up defense spending (Aljazeera, Dec 21, 2013):
Chinese Defense Ministry says it ‘resolutely opposes’ Japan’s plan amid increasing tensions over disputed East China Sea
China’s military lashed out Saturday at Japan’s plans to boost defense spending, accusing Tokyo of raising regional tensions under the pretext of safeguarding national security, saying it “resolutely opposes” the five-year defense plan adopted by its rival earlier this week.
Japan “continues to deny its history of World War II aggression, challenge the post-war order, and harm the feelings of the people of those victimized nations,” Defense Ministry spokesman Geng Yansheng said in a statement posted on the ministry’s website.
– Prime Minister’s Wife: “Fukushima calamity beyond people’s assumptions… So much hidden… I hope they will make everything public” — Inside Source: They’re now trying to get people 55 & older to work on Fukushima reactors (ENENews, Dec 21, 2013):
Kyodo News, Dec. 21, 2013: TEPCO mulls sending managers aged 55 or older to Fukushima […] for duties […] associated with damage stemming from the nuclear power plant accident, a company source said Friday. The plan, which the company is hoping to introduce in April, envisages those employees handling work related to victim compensation, decontamination and decommissioning of nuclear reactors of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, the source said […] TEPCO is considering sending veteran employees — around 150 per year — who agree to the relocation, according to the source. […]
Japan Times, Dec. 19, 2013: In an interview with The Japan Times last week, [Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s wife] Akie said the scope of the Fukushima calamity was beyond people’s assumptions. “I think it is better not have nuclear power plants, as it would be catastrophic if we have similar accidents again. I would rather not have nuclear power plants fired up, even if their safety is fully confirmed.”
– The Cult Of Nuclear Fascism Has Arrived!
– Fukushima and the Minister of Human Extinction (All The Emperor’s Men, Dec, 2013):
Should we be worried by a Japanese doomsday cult awaiting its nuclear global Armageddon at this point in history? Its “divine revelations” demand one.
“Although Ningen (sub humans – that’s you and me) eagerly seek peace and coexistence and dislike the atomic bomb, the production of fire balls in this world cannot be stopped. God will make man produce the fireballs and bullets…they (that’s you and me again) are just like radish to be grated.” P 188-190 revealed August 15, 1963.
“This is the End of the World.” P 138-139 revealed August 20, 1961.
“Earth must be burnt away with the Ball of Fire in order for God to descend from Heaven… and carry out the Art of beating them to a pulp.” P. 159 revealed August 5, 1962.
Welcome to your new future and to the world of Sukyo Mahikari – Japan’s fastest growing state-sponsored doomsday cult. This supremacist cult has your future already in its hands.
The above words represent a mere sample of the doomsday and supremacy ideology to be found within the pages of their holy book of “divine revelations’ the Goseigen, from which members of this cult obtain their succour, justification, future directions and arrogance meanwhile setting the future course for humankind. These revelations come from the highest most powerful god this nation could conjure up. Don’t mess with him.
– The Cult Of Nuclear Fascism Has Arrived! (All The Emperor’s Men, Dec 6, 2013):
Once tipped to be a Japanese Prime Minister, Shintaro Ishihara, was the long-standing Mayor of the greater Tokyo region. He reigned over a densely populated region of over 20 million people. He loves a bit of controversy. He calls all foreigners in Japan ‘niggers’. He recently declared that the recent devastating March 2011 tsunami in Japan was a warning from god because of the Japanese peoples’ collective greed. God was truly unhappy that day. He says women who live past their childbearing days are sinful. He also says Japan should dispense with its pacifist post-war constitution and re-arm itself. He says a lot of things. He’s famous for his inflammatory and ultra-nationalist books, essays, speeches, activism and sentiments. He’s often in the news and he’s got history.
– China Slams Abe’s “Malicious Slander”; Warns Japan Is “Doomed To Failure” (ZeroHedge, Dec 15, 2013):
Overnight rhetoric in Asia became increasingly heated when China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed “strong dissastisfaction” at the slanderous actions of Abe’s Japanese government over the Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) and the “theft and embezzlement” of the Diaoyu Islands. “Japan’s attempt is doomed to failure,” China warned ominously and as we highlight below, a reflection on the possible rational reasons for China and Japan to go to war over the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands highlights the seriousness of the ongoing brinksmanship in the East China Sea. If a war is fought over these long-contested islands, it will have an eminently rational explanation underlying all the historical mistrust and nationalism on the surface. War in the East China Sea is possible, despite the economic costs.
The ‘triangle’ of doom in the East China Sea…
Q: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held in Japan recently – especially during the ASEAN summit, accusing China to unilaterally change the status of the East China Sea, East China Sea, said China’s air defense identification zone designation is improper for the high seas against the freedom of overflight, asked China to revoke the measure. What is your comment?
“If you don’t educate yourself now and fast, you’ll die.”
– Prof. Hayakawa of Gunma University
– The Pacific Is Broken: ‘After We Left Japan, It Felt As If The Ocean itself Was Dead’ – ‘I’m Used To Seeing Turtles, Dolphins, Sharks And Big Flurries Of Feeding Birds’ – ‘But This Time For 3000 Nautical Miles There Was Nothing Alive To Be Seen’
– Abe tries to dispel rumors about Fukushima seafood (JiJi, Oct 19, 2013):
SOMA, FUKUSHIMA PREF. – Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited the port of Soma in Fukushima Prefecture on Saturday and pledged efforts to dispel rumors about the safety of local fishery produce.
Abe took a firsthand look at Matsukawaura port, where fishermen resumed trial catches in late September after a monthlong suspension following the discovery that radioactive water has been spewing from the stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant.
He received an explanation about radiation checks on fishery products and a progress update on recovery work at the port, which was badly damaged by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
“We will work to wipe out harmful rumors by giving out accurate information,” Abe said before local residents. After tasting octopus caught off Fukushima, he said, “I want everyone in the country to know they (fishery products from Fukushima) are good and safe.”
– Japan Seeks International Help On Fukushima Leaks (CBS News, Oct 7, 2013):
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Japan is open to receiving overseas help to contain widening radioactive water leaks at the crippled nuclear plant in Fukushima, with leaks and mishaps reported almost daily.Abe made the comments Sunday in a speech at an international science forum in Kyoto in western Japan.
“We are wide open to receive the most advanced knowledge from overseas to contain the problem,” Abe said in his English speech to open the conference on energy and environment.
“My country needs your knowledge and expertise,” he said.
– Meanwhile In Fukushima: Multiple Leaks, Radiation Soars To 1.8 Sieverts/hr (ZeroHedge Aug 31, 2013):
Remember when we said Tepco has lost all control of Fukushima? We weren’t joking.
— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) August 31, 2013
— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) August 31, 2013
Perhaps the above, together with the terminal demographic social collapse, coupled with Abe’s monetary experiment which will end in currency collapse, explains why for Japanese society, for which pretty much nothing matters anymore as a “happy ending” is out of picture, Syria is merely an opportunity to rerun the more glorious moments of WW II:
- JAPAN EYES BACKING POSSIBLE U.S. INTERVENTION IN SYRIA: NIKKEI.
Unclear if Manchuria is next.
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As posted here over a week ago, this is what is really going on:
You can’t make this stuff up!
– Abe Sanctions Government Funding To “Freeze” Fukushima With Giant Ice Wall (ZeroHedge, Aug 7, 2013):
Ripped from the pages of Marvel Comics, Japanese Anime, or Game of Thrones; the latest cunning solution to what the Japanese admit is an ongoing emergency in Fukushima is, well, creative… Now that TEPCO has been shown to be inept, Abe and his government have sanctioned the funding of a 1.4km wall of ice to surround the building that holds Reactors 1 to 4. No this is not Pacific Rim; as Kyodo reports, chemical refrigerants will keep the underground wall frozen to stop the 400 tons of ground water being pumped into the reactors to cool them from leaking further into the sea water surrounding the catastrophe. This must be a positive for GDP, if ‘broken windows’ can help the Keynesians (and digging and refilling holes) then why not build a giant ice wall that will require unending energy to refrigerate what is a constantly melting-down core of nuclear awfulness. We wish them luck.
…leaked an estimated 300 tons of water per day from the damaged nuclear plant into the ocean, said a representative of the Ministry of Industry on Wednesday
The countermeasures of the operating company Tepco are obviously insufficient . The energy company has “dry walls” claims to be injected into the soil, which should be there to harden a lock. However, as the company announced on Tuesday , the water flows around the wall into the sea.
To further penetration of water into the damaged nuclear plant to prevent, is now an underground wall to be built from the ground is frozen to the reactor building, the Japanese news agency Kyodo reported on. To this end pipes with chemical refrigerants to promote the building of reactors 1 to 4 are laid in the ground. The thus created barrier was expected to have a length of 1.4 kilometers.
– The Most Magical And Mysterious Economic Policy In The World! (Japan Subculture Research Center, June 7, 2013):
Japan is populated by magical creatures. There are the leprechauns that stole millions from Olympus, Lehman Brothers Japan–then a billion dollars from AIJ and MRI and then vanished. There are also the alchemist gnomes like Abe and Horie that manage to make money out of thin air (or hot air). Follow the rainbow, kids! A pot of platinum yen coins is waiting for you.
We’ll admit it. We just don’t understand Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s much vaunted economic policy known as Abenomics. Spend public funds that Japan doesn’t have, increase inflation, but not raise minimum wages? How is this supposed to improve the economy? We know we’re missing something. Secretly, we feel like it only works because people believe it works. Sort of like fairies. If you believe in fairies, gnomes, and Abegnomics – than clap your hands! If you know how to explain, Abenomics–we welcome your article! And we’ll pay you top Abegnomic yen for it! (It’s imaginary but it will feel like a lot when you imagine you have it.) Contributions welcome.
– Japan Has Officially Gone Insane (ZeroHedge, May 23, 2013):
On one hand:
- BOJ OFFERS TO BUY 300B YEN DEBT WITH MORE THAN 10YR MATURITY
- BOJ OFFERS TO BUY 600B YEN IN 5-10YR GOVT DEBT
and on the other
- ABE SAYS BOJ ISN’T DIRECTLY BUYING GOVERNMENT DEBT
We give up: raging schizophrenia and a sado-maso fetish is now a core prerequisite for anyone who wishes to follow the daily lies these central planning sociopaths spew with impunity.
– How Japan’s “Stealth Constitution” Destroys Civil Rights and Sets the Stage for Dictatorship (Liberty Blitzkrieg, May 2, 2013):
If there was ever a clear sign that the leadership of Japan is fully aware that the country is about enter a terminal economic catastrophe this is it. Using the cover of currency devaluation and a rising stock market, Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, is attempting to make it easier to change the country’s constitution so that they can eliminate freedom of speech and set the stage for a military dictatorship.
Reuters reports that:
The draft deletes a guarantee of basic human rights and prescribes duties, such as submission to an undefined “public interest and public order.” The military would be empowered to maintain that “public order.”
This article will blow your mind. Some key excerpts:
– 1,000 Japanese Officers To Participate In “Island Recapture” Drill In California (ZeroHedge, April 23, 2013):
More than six months since the Japanese nationalistic escalation over the disputed island chain (that shall not be named) in the East China Sea sent Sino-Japanese foreign relations to a level not seen since a particular territorial dispute over Manchuria, tensions just hit a fever pitch overnight, when an armada of eight Chinese ships entered what Japan claimed were its territorial waters.
China’s version of the story is that the vessels were there to monitor the activity of a flotilla of boats reportedly carrying members of a Japanese nationalist group (in what it too, naturally, views as its territorial waters). This was the most Chinese ships to enter Japanese waters near the Senkakus since the Japanese government purchased three of them from what it considers their owner last September and effectively nationalized the chain, a move China has quite vocally disputed and which has led to violent anti-Japanese demonstrations in China, as well as a wide-ranging boycott of numerous Japanese exports.
– Ex-Soros Advisor Sells “Almost All” Japan Holdings, Shorts Bonds; Sees Market Crash, Default And Hyperinflation (ZeroHedge, April 14, 2013):
Previously, we have pointed out why Japan’s attempt at reincarnating its economy, geared solely at generating a stock market-based “wealth effect”, and far less focused on boosting the country’s trade surplus or current account, is doomed to failure, namely due the drastically lower equity participation by the general population and financial institutions in the country’s stock market. Sure, foreign investors will come and go renting each rally for a period of time, but unless the local population participates in the “reflation attempt” (which has already sent the price of luxury goods, energy and food through the rood), or in other words change the behavioral patterns of two generations of Japanese in under two years, the inflationary shock will simply leads to a loss of faith in the government and ultimately Abe’s second untimely demise. Not surprisingly, 4 months after Japan set off on the most ludicrous economic experiment in history, and one week after the BOJ announced its plans to double its balance sheet, Abe’s approval rating has already begun sliding with a poll by Asahi just reporting that popular support of Abe’s cabinet is already down to 60%, down from 71% a month ago.
– Japan’s Full Frontal: Charting Abenomics So Far (ZeroHedge, April 13, 2013)
– Nuclear revival: Japan to re-launch six reactors in 2013 (RT, March 5, 2013):
Japan’s major supplier of nuclear power generating equipment, France’s Areva group, has announced Tokyo’s plans to restart six reactors by the end of 2013. The other reactors will be restarted later – except the Fukushima-type made in the US.
In addition to two reactors already put back into operation in Japan “there could be half a dozen reactors that will restart by the end of the year,” the Chief Executive Officer of the French state-owned nuclear group announced at a press conference.
– Abe: New N-plants to be built (The Yomiuri Shimbun, Jan 1, 2013)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has stated unequivocally for the first time that his government will endorse the construction of new nuclear power plants, while seeking to win over the public on this issue.
“I will take a levelheaded look at what caused the nuclear crisis at [Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s] Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant and other factors,” Abe said Sunday on a TBS television program.
“Any new nuclear plant would be completely different from the old Fukushima No. 1 plant, which was constructed 40 years ago,” Abe said. “We will build new nuclear power plants and seek to win the people’s understanding.”