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[FEATURE] Japan Trivia 11: A Nation of Living Buddhas
Authored by: Y.Yamamoto on Wednesday, August 11 2010 @ 03:16 AM CDT


samwidge,

I agree to everything you said about journalism.

In fact, though, what weighs more on my mind is the mummification of a nation.

Please also note that I'm not analogizing, or exaggerating, what's going on in this country, and what will possibly be going on in other parts of the world. The "centenarian" mummies are a very real thing here although they are just the tip of the iceberg. I am still a septuagenarian, but I'm already becoming a living Buddha myself. Once again, I'm neither exaggerating, nor analogizing.

As you point out, it is true that the Japanese media are talking a lot about these mummies receiving their pension annuities. But this is only to marginalize or gloss over the enormity of the mummification issue. Japan's national pension programs did NOT go bankrupt because of the tiny amount of money chiseled by these petty thieves. At least, the pension issue is one thing and the mummy issue is quite another.

These days the DPJ-led coalition government is also broadcasting their countermeasures such as restoring family bonds through education, expanding the public safety net for the weak, etc.

In short, the Japanese make believe more socialism will solve the problem. On the contrary I think more socialism will only worsen the situation.

That's where the people of the Obama Nation should learn an important lesson, I guess.

Yu Yamamoto