"To the impartial eye, the world not only seems an unlikely one-off phenomenon, but a constant strain on reason. If reason exists, that is, if a neutral reason exists. So speaks the voice from within. So speaks Joker's voice." - Jostein Gaarder

Friday, December 28, 2007

A post about Japan

So, is it?

While the whole world will never stop marveling at the inexplicable economic and social miracle, that is Japan. Kyoto, once the most perfectly woven place, will continue to suffer with the likes of that hideous Kyoto tower. Rivers will continue to be dammed, shores to be splattered with cement. And 6 year old children will continue to commit suicide.

Corruption, will continue to plague the notorious bureaucracy [aka Japanese state], and the Zaito will continue to grow, eating all the savings of the Japanese people.

The educational system will continue to prove its flaws, one time after another, teaching false information, and shaping the kids into the obedient people that will live in cliques, like how they did in high school, not allowed to be better, nor worse, just average.

Xenophobia will rule, starting from the classroom...

Internet will be regulated, censored, and butchered.

I sometime doubt that foreign observers can't really see this, sometimes all I see is a disgustingly condescending outlook. How many of them would actually live in the 30m tin boxes that are Tokyo's apartments.

Poor people, strong state. As Alex Kerr so elegantly puts it.

Meanwhile, fear not. For the japanese cabinet makes it official: There are No UFOs!


Anonymous Nobu said...

I sometimes feel sorry for my girlfriend for always criticizing Japan's state and quite possible future, and after seeing the links about the suggested Internet regulation I'm afraid she might just slap me at some point. AMAZING to see how Japan is digging its own cultural and international grave these days. Very hard to imagine what is going to happen to the country eventually. I'm beyond trying to guess.

Are we in a period of changes for the worse for Japan right now, or does it just seem like that?

December 28, 2007 7:17 AM

Blogger Omar said...

You have definitely opened my eyes regarding Japan through this and other posts over the past few years.

I was also surprised to learn that over 40% of marriages in Japan are arranged, and that an overwhelming number of couples report themselves to being unhappy with their marriage. The solution to which being a very high tech sex industry, serving Japanese men anonymously.

December 28, 2007 7:59 AM

Blogger iblogelsewhere said...

thinking about how screwed up Japan is is exhausting. Kudos for still having the strength to dredge things up.

The worst part is is that in the midst of a system that you'd think couldn't possibly work, you have an immense amount of efficiency and comfort. The trains run on time, the streets are clean, and the homeless are peripheral and don't trouble you with their problems. Its really hard to get anyone to care about things when the problems don't seem urgent.

I'm really just curious to see how all these things, especially in regards to the lack of legal immigration into a decreasing workforce, will play out

December 28, 2007 4:27 PM

Blogger annie said...

You are back then, Yazan.
My last visit was way back but I remember jaywalking just for the heck;a little stupid, I admit, but I could not stand seeing all these disciplined people waiting for the right light.
Feel much more at home in Damascus !
A happy new year to you !

December 29, 2007 3:48 PM

Blogger abufares said...

And, I thought we're among the few screwed up people on the planet. Wait till "they" read your post. "They" will quote you on how bad Japan is and the "haven" we live in.
I'm sure you got any idea about who "they" may be.
Thank you for the info.

December 29, 2007 7:07 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

it lools like jealousy

December 31, 2007 8:55 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Zaito is Keynes economics.
dont forget all sutff which made by
zaito is Japanese propertis.

so if a baby is born, he will have properties of $6,000,000

ppl is Japan.
Japan state is ppl.it is one body

December 31, 2007 9:05 PM

Anonymous Sleepless said...

Thank you Yazan for rich post; your insight on Japan is very objective and well-written.

To Anonymous:
What a strong argument you brought! Can not find enough words to answer :)

January 18, 2008 4:39 PM


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