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Political Satire… and her quick end

November 27th, 2014 | 5 Comments | 503 reads

Brief des angeblich 10-jährigen

Letter from the alleged 10-year-old

In the last article about the dissolution of Parliament and not just encouraging economic policy of Japan threw a commentator – cope – a, whether there was was no positive news from Japan. This is understandable, and time, to question the Blog author, if you would like to pick it really only negative news. To counter this trend, Therefore today given occasion is good news – namely the, that there is such a thing as successful in Japan, can give effective political satire. Although without a happy ending, but still.

And it happened: Many Japanese have after the decision Abes, dissolve the lower house and prematurely organize fresh elections, in demand, what's all this actually – Finally, Abe has the power in the House, and it is clear to everyone, that the opposition parties are not simply in the right frame of mind. Then suddenly popped the website (Kaisa = Parlamentsauflösung) on, operated by a 10-year-old boy named Nakamura, presented the very naïve questions like:

Of (Abe) hast said,, that you will multiply with the thing called Abenomics the money in the country, but my pocket money is no longer. And mom and dad always worry about the money and we can not yakiniku (grilled meat on Korean Style) eating out. And you simply decide so, To hold elections, the 70 Yen Billionen (half a billion euros) cost. Sag mal, Whose money is it really?

Last but not least, adopted with reference to the exactly one year ago Law for the protection of classified information He still writes:

So why do you solve the Parliament? Or is it about a secret?

The whole was beautifully written in a child writing. And got a lot of encouragement from the media and Internet users. According Counter on the website were counted on 28 Million hits. But now the creator of the page came the bull by the horns: There is a certain Aoki Yamato – a 20-year-old student of the renowned Keio University Keiō-Universität and chairman of an NPO called Our first step will change Japan. – “Our a step change Japan”. He chose the story of 10-year-old student, In order to receive more attention. On the web page mentioned above you place this year an opinion of Yamato, in which he apologizes, to have lied, and his resignation from the top of the organization announced.

Prime Minister Abe attacked the students today, meanwhile sharply, called the action on his Facebook page Meanness (hiretsu) basely Aoki and accused the Meinunsgmanipulation. Interestingly, Abe reblogged However, a few hours before his seemingly Facebook-Account deleted and added a defused criticism instead. But what is interesting choice of words Abe in his original comment. If his ministers abuse donations or right-wing groups run through the streets and chanting, that we should kill all Koreans, he considers it once and for all “unfortunate”. In this case, however, the verbal greatest club “basely” retrieved. Sure, his opponent is therefore not 10 Years old. But just 20 Years old!

No happy ending? On the contrary. Sure, To catch attention, by posing as someone, the one is not, is questionable. But Aoki has made to think this action very many. And he has asked the right questions. Whether he 10 Is years old and 20 is actually jacket and trousers. Declare in the current situation elections is simply utter nonsense and pure money- and a waste of time. I hope so, in the future much (Good) to hear from Aoki. In this sense,: Hat!


Elections in the Economic Chaos: But what was only!?

November 19th, 2014 | Tagged , | 6 Comments | 1079 reads

So yesterday the quarterly figures for the third quarter of the year were 2014 posted. And lo and behold – the economy did not grow in the third quarter by approximately 2% as actually predicted, but they shrank to 1,6% compared to last year. Was tun? In April this year, the VAT was of 5 on 8% raised. Below, second quarter of the year broke logically the economy, as customers held back on new purchases. In October of next year, 2015, VAT should be raised again – on 10%. At the same time, the Bank of Japan should fire up the Money Press, to devalue the yen to, so that the country comes out of deflation and Japanese products abroad are competitive again. However, this increases the national debt, and therefore the Mehrwersteuererhöhung. The whole is then called Abenomics, and the experiment has been running for almost 2 Years.

Obviously, the secret recipe does not work so, as it should. This surprised probably Abe, but not most economists. Abe rowed back today so, and postponed the second tax increase 18 Months to April 2017, with the comment, that they will really come but. At the same time he solves with effect from 21. November at the House of Commons and ordered new elections, The only one month later, at the 21. To be held in December. However, this is hardly surprising, there was but for a couple of days quite clear rumors.

A defeat for Abe and his bold economic policy, could be thought. The opposite is unfortunately the case. Abe is the people in his own words the question of confidence, by exclaiming elections. The elections were, however, already been with the media quite aptly 4 Characterized characters: 一 強 多 弱 ikkyo tajaku: “A Strong, many are weak”. In other words: There are currently no real opposition. The advance ruling Democrats have in their crushing defeat in December 2012 still recovering and have not managed, to distinguish themselves even in any manner. All other parties in turn are so small and so different, that they only “also-rans” can claim. That will not change within a month.

One need not be an oracle, to see, Was kommt: The already always very low turnout at 21. December will be even lower than usual. Abe will win the election, and continue to tinker with the crushing clamp to the ailing Japanese economy. The rescue could theoretically come from China, because China brings a lot of money into the country. But China is also the nemesis of the Japanese rights, and Abe is also classified in that spectrum – ergo he prefers to put on with China. It will be interesting, as the whole is going to end. So much is certain, however,: Rare Japan was so cheap for visitors from abroad.


Raid at Kyoto University

November 14th, 2014 | Tagged , | 3 Comments | 1639 reads

I often had the impression, that the majority of Japanese students is if any interested then only very moderately in politics – to mention political activities throughout. But they are still there – the hoards of political Akitivität. Traditionally, heard the 京大 Kyōdai to – which is short for Kyoto Daigaku (Daigaku = University). The university has over 20,000 Students and is considered the second best university in Japan. Accordingly, sophisticated are the entrance exams. The university is famous for its philosophical faculty, their world-class research facilities (6 Nobel Prize winners come from this University) and for unruly students – for example, 1951 demanded, To view the Tennō just as normal people, whereupon they clashed with the police.

Some of the students here seem the Nuclear send Chūkaku-ha (literally: “Kerngruppe”) to belong to. The actual name of this closely associated with the Communists and some unions grouping is 革命 的 共産主義者 同盟 全国 委員会 National committee of the Revolutionary Communist League) – a Trotskyist-inspired grouping, which was in the last three decades quite inconspicuous, but was in the 1980s, for example, the focus of violent protests against the construction of the airport of Narita. Among other things, the followers attacked at that time to the office of the Liberal Democrats with a built on a truck flamethrower.

Recently, the police arrested three protesters during a demonstration firmly – and found, that two of the 3 Arrested students Kyoto University were. And one does not hesitate for long: Today indented 120 partly martial equipped police officers in a dormitory of the university, and there were fierce protests from students. Some days ago (at the 4. November 2014) the students used even an investigator in civilian clothes laid, who had been smuggled into the dorm. One handed him eventually but intact his colleagues.

These images have become rare in Japan. And I am interesting, how evolved the. Secretly glad the pictures – they are but in contrast to the primary direction, being trimmed to Japan: Right Stramm.

Here are a news clipping about the riots. Require the students – justifiably, but apparently unsuccessful – nache a search warrant.


6. General bloggers (and blog readers)summit

November 12th, 2014 | Tagged | 7 Comments | 1988 reads

Bloggergipfel - mit Dank an Thuruk für das Logo!

Bloggergipfel – with thanks to Thuruk for the logo!

As the year draws to a close, the business pack the Christmas decorations out and the shivering trees are warming lights slung. Just in time for the season Japanese cows are again at the end of their tether, and you can only bake with butter substitute. No question: It is again time for a blogger meeting. Number 6 is it this time. So far the call has always addressed to active blogger, but it is also invited each, wants dwells in Tokyo or surrounding area and just know, who is behind all the blogs. Therefore a question in the round: Who can? Wer will?

Last year, the blogger meeting was held on the same day as the Christmas Bazaar in the Cross Church instead of, and the idea was not bad in itself. I am therefore simply times Saturday, the 29. November as a possibility in the room.

If you are interested, Please leave a comment and / or email (contact @ tabibito. de) and everything else we already regulate. Suggestions are also welcome (last year it was bowling), but if possible, the meeting should be near the Yamanote Line.

Of course, each accompanied by its – whether or not handzurrend – bring!


The Woman Whisperer – bald wieder in Tokyo

November 8th, 2014 | Tagged , | 12 Comments | 2664 reads

You see them occasionally – and unfortunately very often in Japan: Arrogant foreigners, who believe themselves in paradise, since it is, after all too easily, with the foreigners bonus to begin a thing all kinds of women. The king of this species seems to be a certain Julien Blanc, the dress deserves your money with dubious seminars on women. Anywhere in the world. As time appeared not so long ago a video of him on, in which the good Lord declares, how things run in Japan with the women so. The original video is hard to find, and I do not want any more visitors to his channel added control, but a short clip is here on a Japanese channel:

According to Twitter message Julien Blanc to come back in mid-November to Japan. And there are enough people, who would like to prevent the – see for example here. There was and is even against numerous petitions (and for!) Men – who provided, among other things, that venues in Australia he announced and even his visa was canceled. A similar petition is on the way, which should make the Japanese immigration authorities at the man carefully.

Now, neither he nor the visitors of his seminars are really worth a blog entry. If you look at but be “Match” an – called “The Game” – can a just fear and worry are. This is not to Anmachtricks, but sometimes even cruel mind games, partially coupled with violence or the threat of selfsame, to make people complacent. But what really upset me, is the following quote:

… just grabbing girls and it’s like (motions) head on dick (pfft) head on dick, yelling ‘PIKACHU’ with a Pikachu shirt on….Every foreigner who is white does this. When you see that one foreigner in the crowd in Tokyo and your eyes will lock and you know that he knows and he knows that and it’s this guilty look like you both fucked a hooker or something.”

All right! If even one believes Japanese, that this is so – or worse – if only one of the visitors of his seminars believes that and therefore makes his way to Japan – then this is definitely worth a comment. Clear, polarized the man. He is not worth it, to be taken seriously. But it is unfortunately people, take it quite seriously. And the women, running him not knowing about the way, are also not to say the least enviable. In this sense,: You’re not welcome.


Done: Japan is world champion whiskey

November 5th, 2014 | Tagged | 3 Comments | 2462 reads

Yamazaki Sherry Casket - ein anderer Jahrgang, wohlgemerkt

Yamazaki Sherry Casket – another year, mind you

Ever since the 1920s are scattered breweries in Japan tried on the whiskey distillery – and this should pay off correctly the first time this year: In the latest edition of the Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible but a Japanese whiskey was actually voted as the best whiskey of the year. There is also no small, secret distillery, but a giant among beverage companies: Suntory managed to surprise with his Yamazaki Single Malt Sherry Cask 2013. As far as, so good – but unfortunately were “only” 18,000 Prepared bottles, and are now, at least in Japan, already sold out. Too bad, because with a price of around 17,000 yen is the winner not even that expensive.

Suntory whiskey is yes several assortments ago – best known were there the above 山崎 Yamazaki, 響 Hibiki and 白 州 Hakushū. 響 Hibiki was given initially as the flagship, and if I remember correctly, Hakushu was added later. Yamazaki habe ich, If I remember correctly, only tried it once, and that was long ago. Hakushu has it done to me personally, since the selbige comes with quite a lot of character – some species go in almost direction Laphroaig, only with a little less stick to the head.

Maybe I should then surely something more around the domestic whiskey market. Time it is – my hot lover 18 Year old Glendronach coming to an end and is no longer available in Japan. Dem Triple Cask Balvenie 16 yrs threatened a similar fate. What is missing is someone in Japan, who shares my love for the occasional whiskey – come to think of but a whopping one person only.

More about the main prize of the Yamazaki see, inter alia, Reflector and Time Magazine.


Safe Japan

October 28th, 2014 | Tagged | 7 Comments | 3348 reads

When I last Thursday against 22 Clock came home from work, the road was in front of my house completely delivered with blue light. So actually more red light, but yes that would sound kinda weird. Several fire departments were there, to police, Ambulance, Use carts, and apparently also was a more delayed a TEPCO police car with red light and siren zoom. When something I always have a bad feeling and is reluctant to use in the immediate vicinity. This has its reasons. You let me pass without concerns, and I climbed the stairs to my house high. The neighbors were just outside, and I asked, was da los sei. “Oh, there's has fired at the Chinese Restaurant!”.

As I learned a little later, were probably all other residents of the facility before watching together diligently. While the children slept in the houses. In Germany and some other countries probably all would have been cautioned as Gaffer. In the US, probably all would have been displayed due to neglect of children. Not so in Japan: Here you go completely relaxed in order. And was quite surprised, I was surprised. Less about the “Watch firefighters” than the Alone Let the sleeping children. But in defense I must say, that otherwise very worried worry Japanese parents to their offspring. Unless, there is a fire somewhere…

Ultimately, the whole thing reminded me of the days, I had spent on a Russian dacha. There, one night burned down a magnificent wooden house. And all Datschenbewohner stood around and warmed themselves virtually their hands.

After all, it was a happy ending: No persons- and only limited damage. The last is a miracle, since the house with the restaurant (which does not really deserve the name, it is more of a shabby tavern) is quite old and of course built entirely of wood.


Two in one – Abe loses his ministers

October 21st, 2014 | Tagged | 9 Comments | 3426 reads

Der Fächer des Anstosses

The subjects of contention

Today there was in Japan for a change, a political earthquake – not entirely unexpected, but surprisingly, since everything took place at a time. Two Ministers, more specifically ministers, announced her resignation today. As there would be:

小 渕 優 子 Yuko conservation, Ex-Minister of Economic Affairs, stumbled over a donation scandal, because they abused party donations for wrong purposes. This is, it seems, and Japan Volkssport bei Politikern. More specifically, the Diskrepenz grew between revenue and expenditure in their constituency to around 350,000 Euro an – Money, in which it is not clear, as it was actually used.

松 島 み ど り Midori Matsushima, Ex-Justizministerin, however resigned due to a violation of the election law. That law prohibits gifts with cash advantages of any kind to (potential) Voter. Nevertheless held and still holds the minister distributing disposable trays, printed with her likeness, to about 20’000 Visitors Voksfestes for a harmless, because the subjects “hardly worth”. She stressed the resignation also specifically, that her resignation was not an admission of guilt, but that they so want to avert harm to the Government. A noble gesture, almost.

Matsushima had me already very impressed. She is an avid supporter of the death penalty and is, that one should be quite pork in Japanese Gefängnisssen as Muslim prisoners – Japanese prisoners we interviewed not so well, whether they prefer bread or rice. Accordingly, this is “reverse discrimination”. That it less about culinary preference goes as issues of faith, is sausage. Pork sausage, of course.

Abe had brought both ministers just before a good month to the Cabinet – almost as a part of the message “Look here, we are modern and participate in many (5) Women in government”. At a press conference specifically eingeraumten Abe took over today but inevitably the responsibility, since he has waved through the Personnel. Responsibility? And. Consequences? Of course not. Here, Abe was one of the politicians, shouted the loudest for new elections, when the then-ruling Democrats tried to her scandals.

Were now all scandals? Of course not. For much more scandalous, I think the behavior of 山谷 え り 子 Eriko Yamatani, Special Representative for the Department kidnapping (Japanese citizens by North Korea). It keeps the comfort women issue for a lie and was announced in September it, that they are representatives of the 在 特 会 Zaitokukai (an ultra National Association, that has set it apart mainly for generations living in Japan Koreans) met. And let photographed together. When asked about this, she replied – vor Reportern – that they did not know, with whom they met there. When reporters asked nachbohrten and, whether they consider the activities of Zaitokukai critical (those finally run through the streets with posters, on which sayings are as “Ob gute Koreaner oder böse Koreaner – kill them all!”¹), She rejected an opinion. And three times.

Is it ignorance? Or just audacity? Sure, German politicians, for example, afford to pay for one or the other big thing. But to Japanese politicians they can not match in terms of audacity by far.

See here.


Live in Shibuya: Tocotronic

October 17th, 2014 | Tagged | No comment so far | 375 reads

For a change, an event tip: Next Wednesday, the 22. October, plays Tocotronic in Tokyo – namely in the relatively small Club Garret mittem in Shibuya. Organized the whole interesting- as laudably by the Goethe-Institut. The cost of tickets 2,500 yen in advance and 3,000 yen vor Ort. The tickets can be bought at any Lawson (The 71896). Read more here.

Well, I'm not a fan fan of Tocotronic. But a few songs I like very, and it is certainly worth seeing. Especially since such concerts, as mentioned here, often provide the opportunity, to enjoy the music in almost intimate atmosphere: The clubs are usually very small, and there is of course only a few German-speaking music fans, is the number of audience usually manageable.

And if Tocotronic benefit, driving times in the rush hour with the railways here in Tokyo, they will remember for especially at this their own songs:


Kindergarten – but which?

October 14th, 2014 | 1 Comment | 4008 reads

Kindergarten in Urayasu

Kindergarten in Urayasu

Slowly it is about time, let go of my youngest on society. Next year he will 4 Years old, and the idea, to raise him up to school alone, should not really like. Now it has been in Japan pretty much selection: You can be a child at the age of a few months in an Crib (Nursery – hoikuen) plug. Or from 3 Years in a Kindergarten (幼稚園 yōchien). Or simply keep up to school at home. However, creches are not too plentiful and are used only by working mothers. However, most mothers work after birth for a few years. Die Option, that the man takes a few months or even years parental leave / can take, is virtually unknown and currently unthinkable in Japan.

That the kindergarten is not so easy. There are communities with many kindergartens and communities with absolute lack. Especially in Tokyo you get often no nursery place, if one does not work. Or you will be placed on a waiting list and waiting so long for the space, until the child is big enough for school. A list of questions determines, urgency of the case seems. Life grandparents near? Very bad for the waiting position. Not employed? Can you forget the same.

Kleiner Bereich des hinteren Teils des 900-Seelen-Kindergartens

Small area of ​​the rear part of the 900-strong kindergarten

In my previous city Urayasu which ran from so: We applied for a place, so our daughter with 3 can go to kindergarten. And lost in the kindergarten lottery. So another year at home. Then it was 4 Years old and the probability, to get a place, greater. In essence, we had two choices: Kindergarten A or B, both about the same distance and both with the city as a carrier. In our new home because it looks already different from. There is no lottery, no waiting list – but no public kindergartens. Zero. All nursery schools here are private, and they all require more or less the same: About 180,000 yen enrollment fee and ca. 30,000 yen (also rund 240 Euro) pro Monat. Plus school bus costs. Plus kindergarten uniform costs (so there is the, and in most kindergartens, there is the). The diet plus Excursion. And so on and so.

Unfortunately it helps because little, to complain about the high cost, So we look around for kindergartens near, and within 4 Kilometers, it seems at least 4 give. A kindergarten turned out to be a refuge for the young sect Sōkagakkai – we learned but rather randomly. Yesterday we looked at one another: A giant nursery for a total of 900 Children, But tucked away among fields and forests, out with an incredible number of ways to play, Beds, on which the children grow things and so on and so forth. It was love at first sight. Certainly – the number of children is madness, but all in all, the nursery like this, als ob jemand, the children very like – and playfully wishes to learn things – person you would like built.


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