Tag Archives: Japan

Daily Headline – 24/01/13

Japan posts record high trade deficit in 2012

Japanese economy flag

Japan has the highest government debt as a percentage of GDP running at 229.77% in 2011. To put that into perspective in the same year ‘economic crisis’ stricken Greece has the 2nd worst at 160.81%.

The 2012 figures are not officially out yet but Japan is set to be 238.44% and Greece (still 2nd worst) is 189.15%. After 2012 Greece’s debt (as a percentage of GDP) is set to get better year after year whereas Japan’s is set to continue getting worse

Japan is continually ruled by centralist and centre-right governments.

Japan cannot and will not come up with the answers to its problems while it continues to keep Capitalism on life-support.

Taro Aso; elderly “Hurry up and die”

By Leon J Williams

The right-wing Taro Aso is the former Japanese Prime Minister who currently holds duel posts as Minister of Finance and Deputy Prime Minister of Japan.

He has said today that he wants Japan’s elderly to “hurry up and die” and that they are costing the government too much money in medical costs.

Japan has seen it’s GDP place fall from 2nd in the world to 3rd recently after 20 years of a stagnant economy leading to great political pressure to turn things around.

As Taro Aso is right-wing he wants to cut any government funding to help its ageing population, he even went as far as to say that elderly people should feel guilty for taking government money for health reasons.

The right-wing are the same in every country, the privileged class, wealthy, selfish and generally inhumane people.

Will US interference ever end?

By Leon J Williams

As you may or may not be aware there is a dispute over some islands in the East China sea the dispute is between China and Japan over the legal ownership. Of course, as per usual, the US has to get involved, this time by angering China the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that the islands belong to Japan and that the US would oppose anything to the contrary.

Why does the US insist on getting involved in other countries business, whether that country is on their doorstep (like Cuba) or the other side of the planet (like VietNam or Iraq)?

There are countless examples of US interference, be it militarily, economically, verbally or a combination.

Some of the most notable examples of US interference since the end of WW2 include:

1950-53 – The Korean war – North & South Korea go to war, US sends in the troops to support South Korea to keep the country divided.

1959-75 – The VietNam war – North & South VietNam go to war, US sends in the troops to support South VietNam to keep the country divided.

1961 – Cuba – Failed invasion of Cuba.

1962-75 – Laos – Military support against Communist forces.

1965 – Dominican Republic – US back military dictatorship against popular forces.

1983 – Grenada – US invades.

1988-90 – Panama – US sends in the troops.

1991-96 – Iraq – Iraq and Kuwait go to war, US supports Kuwait.

1992-95 – Somalia – US sends in the troops, famous for the disaster at Mogadishu.

1994-95 – Haiti – Embargo and US troops sent in.

1999 – Serbia – Bombing campaign of Serbia

2001 – Afghanistan – Invasion, ongoing.

2003-2011 – Iraq – Invasion and overthrow of government.

There are almost countless examples of US interference and these are just the more notable ones, the US has been to war more times than any other country on the planet since the end of WW2.

Will it ever end?