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Poor old Japan: Low unemployment, less crowded, cheaper housing - by Leith van Onselen

"For more than a decade, the Productivity Commission has debunked the common myth that immigration can overcome population ageing. [...] If Australia was truly a ‘clever’ country like Japan, it would manage population ageing by: 1) better utilising existing workers, given there is significant spare capacity in the labour market; and 2) where required resort to technological solutions. The last thing that Australia should be doing is running a mass immigration program which, as noted many times by the PC, cannot provide a long-term solution to ageing, lowers wages, and places increasing strains on infrastructure, housing and the natural environment." This article first published at https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2017/06/poor-old-japan-low-unemployment-less-crowded-cheaper-housing/#comments

Economic and other fairy stories

You probably would have noticed the media attention given to the Australian economies historic 26 year reign of economic growth which has been claimed is breaking that held by the Netherlands. Apart from being incorrect, (The Netherlands’ real GDP declined by 0.3% in the June quarter of 2003, and by 0.01% in the September quarter of that year) that record should go to Japan. In fact, if Japanese GDP data were available on a quarterly basis earlier than 1960, it’s likely that this run of continuous economic growth would have been even longer, perhaps as long as 38 years, inferring from annual data available back to 1955. Not bad for a nation mocked for its decision to abandon population growth and actually reduce its population.

Japan seeking stable-sized population

A panel in Japan has proposed the government take measures to halt the country's population slide so it goes no lower than 100 million people. At present Japan's population is likely to fall to about 87 million by 2060. This new proposal probably reflects outside interference by globalists, who are pushing for cheap imported labour. We should take into account that Japan's population numbers were stable until international trade and 'development' pushed them up by reorganising the population away from largely rural and small cities to massive land-less labour sources in huge cities. The Japanese are a very big tribe and have managed to regain control over their numbers. This push for immigration will once again destabilise them. Japan can only feed itself by importing food and energy. Already the national atomic power production system has shown itself to be hugely unstable and dangerous. This should be taken as a signal that Japan needs to go with its natural trends to return to a smaller, stable population. Reference: Anthony Boys, How will Japan feed itself without fossil energy? in Sheila Newman, (Ed) The Final Energy Crisis, 2nd Edition, Pluto Press, 2008.

Japan's bogus "scientific whaling" continues - under a "new" plan?


The “new” plan sets a target of capturing 333 minke whales annually as part of a 12-year-long research effort "to achieve conservation of [Antarctic marine ecosystem] resources while pursuing their sustainable utilization and to understand and predict the effects of factors such as climate change."

Japan needs to have more "sampling" of whale demographic data, so they must kill more widely and extend their illegal whaling program!

"After giving serious scientific consideration, it has been concluded that age data at the annual scale can be obtained only through lethal sampling methods, and thus lethal methods need to be employed under this program," the plan said.

How many jihadists are there in Syria and Iraq?

First published 5 Nov 2014 on Voltaire Net. See also Kobane: the object of all lies (4/11/14).

The Syrian conflict, from the perspective of Australian history: In 1942, Australia, with the help of its American allies led by President Franklin Roosevelt, prevented invasion by the Empire of Japan. Much of this was due to the preparedness of Australia's own defence forces, as described in "Armed and Ready" (1995) by A. T. Ross.

Video: Crimean prosecutor's many international fans frustrate sanction attempts by NATO countries

See also: The Myth of Russian Aggression (NEO, 3/8/14), US, NATO Support the Ukrainian Army’s Bloody Offensive (GR, 3/8/14).

Brave Crimean prosecutor, Natalya Poklonskaya, was offered her job after several men refused such a dangerous position. She showed leadership when Crimeans wanted to quit Ukraine, saying that the will of the people was the only rule of law. She became an involuntary internet sensation, however, because of her passion and beauty as she delivered her defense of democracy at a press conference. Her looks and gutsy presentation inspired admiring anime-style images throughout the world, gaining her overwhelming popularity, particularly in Japan. NATO policy makers, however, seem impervious to her honest message and she is now among forty officials put on a sanctions list by Tokyo. This can probably only extend her popular impact because she is already seen, rightly, as an iconic heroine battling fascists.

Broken Promise to send Customs Vessel to monitor Japan's illegal whale killings


Environment Minister Greg Hunt justified the downgrade of a customs vessel to a plane to monitor Japan's illegal whaling, saying that "we want them to be aware that there will be monitoring – independent monitoring which from an aerial position can take independent vision of what occurs.''

There's no scientific or economic justification for Japan's whale slaughter in the Southern Ocean, where they are internationally protected. We already know what Japan plans to do in the Antarctic.

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The sad, sad story of flushless toilets – Japan’s spent fuel pools

The Japanese often refer to their nuclear power plants (NPPs) as apartments without toilets. This is due to the complete lack of planning by the power companies and the government regarding the disposal of spent nuclear fuel. As Japan gears up to restart its NPPs in the near future, the spent fuel pools are beginning to look more and more like flushless toilets...

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Shattered Genomes – Absorbed Dose vs. Second Event

WHO, UNSCEAR, IAEA, ICRP, governments and academia protect the nuclear industry by claiming that low-levels of ionizing radiation do not result in large numbers of health effects such as cancers and congenital abnormalities. It appears, however, that the ICRP risk factors underestimate health effects by a factor of 200 to 600. The Second Event Theory is one attempt to develop a mechanism that explains the dangers of low-level radiation. Meanwhile, in Japan recently, Mr. Hobun Ikeya, a veterinary surgeon and president of the Ecosystem Conservation Society-Japan caused an uproar by stating, “People in areas over which the radioactive plumes passed should not marry [...] If they give birth to children after getting married, the incidence of deformities may be very high.” He was referring to approximately 30 million people. He was asked by a number of Fukushima City councilors to retract the statement, but did not.

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Japan's Energy "Options"

The Japanese government has recently announced power supply "options," which it says will be used as a basis for a "national debate," the outcome of which will be reflected in the formulation of a new Basic Energy Plan. But what is it about the deceptive methodology of the "options" that always leads to the conclusion that nuclear power is "necessary"...?

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ROLLING UPDATE No.6 (Nov. 2011) on the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster by Japan resident

"Clearly, we're witnessing one of the greatest disasters of modern time." - AREVA Excecutive VP. September 30: "We discussed how the staff should turn off alarm sounds and refrain from wearing protective suits and face masks in order not to fan worries among residents." UPDATING SEVERAL TIMES NEARLY EVERY DAY. PLEASE REFRESH THE PAGE TO ENSURE THAT YOU ARE SEEING THE LATEST VERSION. THANKS!

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The Realization of Human “Happiness”

The current social/political/economic system is based on the notion that greater economic/material well-being will lead us to "happiness." It doesn't seem to be working too well. Here's why. Although a certain degree of material well-being is necessary for a "decent" life, it is not a sufficient condition for "happiness." What's missing is a centuries-long colonization of the mind that has divorced human life from nature. Unless we reconnect, we will never find "happiness."

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ROLLING UPDATE No.5 (Oct. 2011) on the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster by Japan resident

"Clearly, we're witnessing one of the greatest disasters of modern time." - AREVA Excecutive VP. September 30: "We discussed how the staff should turn off alarm sounds and refrain from wearing protective suits and face masks in order not to fan worries among residents." UPDATING SEVERAL TIMES NEARLY EVERY DAY. PLEASE REFRESH THE PAGE TO ENSURE THAT YOU ARE SEEING THE LATEST VERSION. THANKS!

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ROLLING UPDATE No.4 on the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster by Japan resident

"Clearly, we're witnessing one of the greatest disasters of modern time." - AREVA Excecutive VP. August 20: Into the 6th month of the nuclear disaster, the reactors are heading for the China Syndrome and the people of northern Japan are becoming seriously worried about nuclear contamination of the environment. UPDATING SEVERAL TIMES NEARLY EVERY DAY. PLEASE REFRESH THE PAGE TO ENSURE THAT YOU ARE SEEING THE LATEST VERSION. THANKS!

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ROLLING UPDATE No.3 on the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster by Japan resident

"Clearly, we're witnessing one of the greatest disasters of modern time." - AREVA Excecutive VP. August 16: Japan and USA collude to play down the effects of Fukushima radiation contamination on their populations. UPDATING SEVERAL TIMES NEARLY EVERY DAY. PLEASE REFRESH THE PAGE TO ENSURE THAT YOU ARE SEEING THE LATEST VERSION. THANKS!

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ROLLING UPDATE No.2 on Japan Earthquake, Tsunami and Nuclear Disaster by Japan resident

[Ed. 6 April - Must read update - off-scale radioactive measurements found. Site workers doomed.] The nuclear disaster continues in Japan. It is unclear if there has been a full meltdown in any of the reactors, but the government and related ministries and commissions are saying that there has not been and that the situation is slowly coming under control. There is a definite move afoot to downplay what has happened at Fukushima No.1 Power Station in an attempt to ensure that the Japanese population do not do anything like demand the end of nuclear power in Japan. However, if you look at the update for April 6, you will see that the situation is still extremely serious/dangerous. Please look in again from time to time as I am updating this several times a day.

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ROLLING UPDATE on Japan Earthquake, Tsunami and Nuclear Disaster by Japan resident

I want to say 'THANK YOU' to everyone who has read the article, "Japan Earthquake, Tsunami and Nuclear Disaster - A personal story about the next 100 years of human history," commented and given their support to the idea of a nuclear-free world. Here I want to reiterate the 'campaign' aim, introduce the campaign slogan - Say 'No to Nukes!' and then list all relevant links that so many people have sent in to me regarding this disaster and the problems of nuclear power in general. This entry will 'grow' as links and discussion are added (at the moment every 10 minutes). Please 'stay tuned' to the ongoing discussion here and please add links and any other information you feel is relevant to the comments section. If your link/info is important I will it edit into the main 'article'. Thank you and tell everyone to say 'No to nukes!'

Japan Earthquake, Tsunami and Nuclear Disaster - A personal story about the next 100 years of human history

"All the reactors are screwed and we are looking at the very worst situation right now. Even on the BBC those mysterious water puddles the TEPCO guys paddled in have 10,000 times the radiation levels. 10,000. That means the core reactor is leaking. The zirconium cladding tubes of the spent fuel rods are also cracked like broken egg shells. Reactor 3 with the MOX uranium and plutonium is responsible for the now much higher radiation levels (8 times last week - which was bad enough in itself). Vast tracts of northern Japan, including Tokyo and as far south as Osaka are going to be uninhabitable. Hokkaido may be ok, but too cold to support life without adequate cheap fuel." See also Filmed interview with Tony Boys 27 March 2011

This is a version written with simpler HTML than the first version. It was re-written by Tony Boys, because some site visitors from South America could not read Tony's original article. A copy can also be found here at http://www9.ocn.ne.jp/~aslan/nonukes/notonukes01.html . - Ed.

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Japan Earthquake, Tsunami and Nuclear Disaster - A personal story about the next 100 years of human history

"All the reactors are screwed and we are looking at the very worst situation right now. Even on the BBC those mysterious water puddles the TEPCO guys paddled in have 10,000 times the radiation levels. 10,000. That means the core reactor is leaking. The zirconium cladding tubes of the spent fuel rods are also cracked like broken egg shells. Reactor 3 with the MOX uranium and plutonium is responsible for the now much higher radiation levels (8 times last week - which was bad enough in itself). Vast tracts of northern Japan, including Tokyo and as far south as Osaka are going to be uninhabitable. Hokkaido may be ok, but too cold to support life without adequate cheap fuel." See also Filmed interview with Tony Boys 27 March 2011

A version written with simpler HTML than this first version can be found here. It was re-written by Tony Boys, because some site visitors from South America could not read this original article. A copy can also be found here at http://www9.ocn.ne.jp/~aslan/nonukes/notonukes01.html . - Ed.

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Japan Earthquake, Tsunami and Nuclear Disaster - A personal story about the next 100 years of human history

"All the reactors are screwed and we are looking at the very worst situation right now. Even on the BBC those mysterious water puddles the TEPCO guys paddled in have 10,000 times the radiation levels. 10,000. That means the core reactor is leaking. The zirconium cladding tubes of the spent fuel rods are also cracked like broken egg shells. Reactor 3 with the MOX uranium and plutonium is responsible for the now much higher radiation levels (8 times last week - which was bad enough in itself).Vast tracts of northern Japan, including Tokyo and as far south as Osaka are going to be uninhabitable. Hokkaido may be ok, but too cold to support life without adequate cheap fuel." See also Filmed interview with Tony Boys 27 March 2011 (Story has been moved to /node/2411 from /node/2407 to overcome oage formatting problem. - Ed.)

Nuclear threat from Japan's tsumami should be a warning

Nuclear power assumes that the Earth is stable. Renewable energy plants are the future. Nuclear is not meant to be. We would have everything to risk, and little to gain.

Why go down the dangerous route to the future when we can go the safe way? Those who think otherwise have some vested interest in big power, big monopolies and "big Australia".

Technology is not the "solution" to energy crisis, or protecting ourselves from natural disasters.

The Australian Government has decided not to support a global ban on the trade of the northern variety of the bluefin tuna.


The Australian Government has decided not to support a global ban on the trade of the northern variety of the bluefin tuna. Instead, the Environment Minister, Peter Garrett, has decided to support stronger trade control measures and fisheries management. Japan holds the line on whaling and they are also sending a signal that limits on bluefin tuna aren't up for debate either.

Australia's Antarctic Territory is being flouted by Japan


According to the Antarctic Treaty, it shall be used for peaceful purposes only. There shall be prohibited any measure of a military nature, such as the establishment of military bases and fortifications, the carrying out of military manoeuvres, as well as the testing of any type of weapon.
Australian Antarctic Division guidelines for visiting the Antarctic include ensuring that "wildlife and vegetation are not disturbed". 

Unusual lost cat found by Japanese students

Subject: Lost Cat found........... posted by Japanese students renting in Brunswick, Victoria. And feeding it cat food too! More inside on this amazing story.See also: Living with wild animals

Krill harvesting adds to global warming

Why the over-exploitation of krill from Antarctic waters threaten global warming as well as the health of the endangered Minke whale.

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Photo essay of a rural Japanese city

What do rural areas in Japan 'look like'? What are the main features of Japanese agriculture that make it different from agriculture in other countries? This article includes photographs of a rural city in Japan as well as a "food and energy crisis survival guide" survey for the city.

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The Final Energy Crisis 2: Questions and Discussion

Please feel free to leave comments to this blog if you have any questions or comments about my chapters in The Final Energy Crisis 2. Thank you.

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