How Japan’s “Stealth Constitution” Destroys Civil Rights And Sets The Stage For Dictatorship

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Submitted by Michael Krieger of Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

If there was ever a clear sign that the leadership of Japan is fully aware that the country is about enter a terminal economic catastrophe this is it. Using the cover of currency devaluation and a rising stock market, Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, is attempting to make it easier to change the country’s constitution so that they can eliminate freedom of speech and set the stage for a military dictatorship.  Reuters reports that:

The draft deletes a guarantee of basic human rights and prescribes duties, such as submission to an undefined “public interest and public order.” The military would be empowered to maintain that “public order.”

This article will blow your mind.  Some key excerpts: 

(Reuters) – Shinzo Abe makes no secret of wanting to revise Japan’s constitution, which was drafted by the United States after World War Two, to formalize the country’s right to have a military – but critics say his plans go deeper and could return Japan to its socially conservative, authoritarian past.

 

Abe, 58, returned to office in December for a second term as prime minister and is enjoying sky-high support on the back of his “Abenomics” recipe for reviving the economy through hyper-easy monetary policy, big spending and structural reform.

 

However, sweeping changes proposed by Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) in a draft constitution would strike at the heart of the charter with an assault on basic civil rights that could muzzle the media, undermine gender equality and generally open the door to an authoritarian state, activists and scholars say.

 

Abe’s grandfather Nobusuke Kishi was a pre-World War Two cabinet minister who was arrested but never tried as a war criminal. Kishi served as premier from 1957-60, when he resigned due to a furor over a U.S.-Japan Security Treaty.

If you’re like me, you may have to read the above paragraph twice.  Absolutely incredible.

“The real concern is that a couple of years later, we move to a redefinition of a ‘new Japan’ as an authoritarian, nationalist order,” said Yale University law professor Bruce Ackerman.

You can guarantee that will happen as soon as that country enters its final economic death spiral.

“The current constitution … provides protection for a long list of fundamental rights – freedom of expression, freedom of religion,” said Meiji University professor Lawrence Repeta. “It’s clear the leaders of the LDP and certain other politicians in Japan … are passionately against a system that protects individual rights to that degree.”

 

The draft deletes a guarantee of basic human rights and prescribes duties, such as submission to an undefined “public interest and public order”. The military would be empowered to maintain that “public order.”

Can they be any more clear about what they are trying to achieve?

One proposal would ban anyone from “improperly” acquiring or using information about individuals – a clause experts say could limit freedom of speech.

Under Article 96, changes to the constitution must be approved by at least two-thirds of both houses of parliament and then a majority of voters in a national referendum. Abe wants to require a simple majority of lawmakers before a public vote.

With Abe’s popularity high and the main opposition splintered, the LDP and smaller pro-revision parties appear to have a shot at winning a two-thirds majority in an upper house election in July. They already hold two-thirds of the lower house.

Let’s see, print money, make the stock market go up and keep people servile as you destroy the country and rip up the Constitution.  Sound familiar?

Figure this might be a good time to remember the following real ad encouraging people to buy Japanese Government Bonds.

JGB_en

Oyasuminasai.

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Thu, 05/02/2013 - 23:33 | 3525181 lolmao500
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The Japs are good at two things... following orders and not making waves. It'll be alright. And history is likely to repeat... Japan Vs China round 2.

The likely future of Asia makes me very sad. Asia is full of great and old cultures... weird to us, westerners, but that's how I like them...

Thu, 05/02/2013 - 23:38 | 3525284 angel_of_joy
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This time though, the Chinese will eat their lunch.

Thu, 05/02/2013 - 23:58 | 3525327 Manthong
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Ah so..

Monetary Shogans.. Samurai.. multiples of Geishas..

Good old fashioned feudalism..

What could be wrong with that?

Fri, 05/03/2013 - 00:06 | 3525343 markmotive
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Amerika is also on the path to dictatorship.

Just a few more steps until the streets are patroled by secret police 'for our protection'.

This is a video of a girl getting slammed and arrested by a state trooper:

http://www.planbeconomics.com/2013/05/stasi-in-amerika-girl-slammed-in.html

Fri, 05/03/2013 - 00:18 | 3525366 otto skorzeny
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these fuckers are so brave hiding behind their badge and knocking 100 lb women to the ground. keep it up boys-you will reap the resentment you bring upon yourselves.

Fri, 05/03/2013 - 08:33 | 3526029 johnQpublic
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before we all take that vid out of context, i would like to know what brought the police there in the first place. and she should have used a bit of common sense rather than antagonize people who have the ability to destroy her hippie life

Fri, 05/03/2013 - 09:42 | 3526413 11b40
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...."people who have the ability to destroy her hippie life."

So, it's OK to destry the lives of those who have a lifestyle you don't happen to agree with?

 

As far as taking the video out of context, they did not arrest anyone else, nor did I see any confiscation of materials.  The girl was in her own house, the police had no warrant, nor did they seem to have any good reason for slamming her, other than her refusal to kiss their ass and be nice an submissive.  They could not even offer a good explanation of why they were there in the first place.

Looks like a pretty serious case of over-reaction by the police to me, and I would want a jusry trial ... before my civil suit against the city or county these testosterone filled and militarized "protectors of freedom" worked for.

 

And before those with tyranical mindsets start bashing me with not supporting the police, let me say that I have been in law enforcement, and sympathize with the difficult job the police face every day.  This situation was handled badly, and gives good cops a bad name.  If they had a case, she should have been charged and read her rights befroe it escalated and the police lost their cool.

Fri, 05/03/2013 - 11:05 | 3526934 rwe2late
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 Listen to the video.

The cop stated clearly that she would be "on her way" if she weren't being "abrasive".

Since being abrasive is no crime, the catch-all stand-bys of "making the officer feel threatened" and "resisting arrest" will be utilized.

Some apparently believe individuals who do not kow-tow to police deserve whatever happens to them. Such a belief was vital in upholding the Jim Crow system of the South. Are we to approve the institution of a new Jim Crow applicable to everyone?

There is a distinct difference in tactically recognizing that police may abuse their power if one doesn't kow-tow,

and believing that police abuses are "justified" in any way if the police don't like someone's "attitude".

Sun, 05/05/2013 - 15:00 | 3532470 JID
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"So, it's OK to destry the lives of those who have a lifestyle you don't happen to agree with?"

Hippies, yes.  All others, no.

Fri, 05/03/2013 - 17:51 | 3528649 kchrisc
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Yup, ever since I started driving and began having to deal with the GBTs (Gun and Badge Thugs), I have been of the opinion that they are literally the world's biggest pussies.

Think about it. They get paid to cruise around, on foot, hoof or wheels, to harass, bully and extract from people. When a mundane shows less than fealty to their "authority" or tries to rightfully defend themselves or property, they beat, kill and kidnap said mundane. But of course, not before calling for "help," and also while hiding behind their "pussy vest."

I wonder how they would act if, say, they were required to engage me in a fair fight--no "pussy vest," no "help," just mano a mano. But then they would just pick more fights with women than they do now.

Just big pussies that will have no quarter with me and mine when the SHTF.                  hujel

Fri, 05/03/2013 - 00:28 | 3525391 yogibear
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Maybe South American style. Hugo Chavez style of leader. So many Americans care less about the constitution now.

They would prefer an Obama-style tyrant. They want to be told what to do and how to think.

There are plenty of Stalinn-types to step right on up into the White house. Police going door to door having people raise their hands like in Boston. Boston was a nice test of civil liberties. It proved the police have full ability to violate any rights. People even cheered it on.  

Fri, 05/03/2013 - 00:36 | 3525401 wee-weed up
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"Amerika is also on the path to dictatorship. Just a few more steps until the streets are patroled by secret police 'for our protection'."

Yep! Exactly why, for the last 5 years, Obama has been filling all high military positions with ass-kissing yes-men! They've got to be able to fire on their own countrymen.

Fri, 05/03/2013 - 01:32 | 3525470 Cman5000
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I spent 8 years in the criminal justice field I'm very thankful i got out, i could see where this was headed. All they teach in these academies now is aggression almost everything would turn into a cluster mess.You had to have a thick skin and the younger kids don't have it along with no understanding how the constitution works. " no one is above the law or below the law " When this pops off It's going to get ugly and they will loose control rather fast.The police won't know what to do when 300 + million people go mental. It's going to be medieval !!

Fri, 05/03/2013 - 18:04 | 3528685 kchrisc
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"Guns don't kill people, mostly people in uniform do"

Aim for the uniform!                hujel

Fri, 05/03/2013 - 02:18 | 3525547 gorillaonyourback
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Be calm. Prepare for gorilla war fare. Create ur local militias SILENTLY

Fri, 05/03/2013 - 08:01 | 3525900 Davalicious
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When did we ever see a genuine revolution? You need to control the media to start a revolution, you need funding, and you need organisation. Those are three things the schmucks don't have. The hostile elite have something else in mind

http://www.theoccidentalobserver.net/2013/05/the-new-immigration-assault-on-white-america-the-hostile-elite-on-steroids/

Fri, 05/03/2013 - 18:25 | 3528745 kchrisc
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Yes and no.

In the past a revolution needed the media. Now days the Internet will suffice.

And the immigration thing is just more of their class-warfare diversion shit.

They destroy the economy via printing, regs and taxes and then allow floods of immigrants to become de facto "lower cost" labor slaves. Then they "legalize" same while extracting vast amounts of wealth from these ignorant sheeple for the "privilege" of legal status in what is essentially a fascist, police-state third-world nation while also setting them up as the "fall-guy" for the nation's ills.

Then they turn to McWhitey unemployed and say, "See, Juan took your job and is preventing you from getting that landscaping 'job,' it's his fault."

Anyone that buys into that crap is a fool. A fool that wastes time, resources and bullets on Juan and not the pols, crats and their bankster masters, just like they want you too.

Don't drink their Kool-Aid and "know who is due."

 

   hujel

Fri, 05/03/2013 - 09:23 | 3526348 astoriajoe
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"Create ur local militias SILENTLY"

like a mime? Charades?

Fri, 05/03/2013 - 06:47 | 3525759 Nage42
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Strange, video has Alaska Troopers on it.

 

Weed use in your own home is legal, no?  Any discussion of a parent's capability to provide suitable child care is a civil mater, not a criminal issue unless there is some expectation of gross negligence that will immediately lead to siginificant harm to a child, that's a friken stretch to suggest that bongs in plain sight will cause grevious physical/pshycological harm to children... however, stormtrooper raid hauling off mom by thugs could easilly be classified as possibly permenently damaging to children... /golfclap to the storm-troopers.

Next door neighboor soccer-mom: "because of all the pot," is going to go on my shit-list for who's dropping dimes on who.

 

Fri, 05/03/2013 - 07:42 | 3525869 SpiceMustFlow
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Can anyone find a link to the original ad at the bottom?  All I can find is the one from The Atlantic (doesn't have douchey guy hot tubbing in fiat) and the Blitzkrieg one (copied to ZH).  Is that fucking photoshopped in or for real?

Fri, 05/03/2013 - 09:04 | 3526255 aerojet
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They are welcome to try.  A lot of those secret police won't make it back home to their families.

Fri, 05/03/2013 - 08:11 | 3525932 Chuck Walla
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Obama must be frothing about this idea. His wet dream made in Japan.

FORWARD SOVIET!

Fri, 05/03/2013 - 00:37 | 3525403 zorba THE GREEK
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Them good-for-nothin Japs, now they are even stealing the U.S. plan to enslave their people.

Fri, 05/03/2013 - 13:31 | 3527592 DosZap
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Seems to the be the rive gauche thing to do nowdays,We destroy OTHER countries Dictatorships while Implementing our own at home.

Makes perfect sense doesn't it.

Thu, 05/02/2013 - 23:05 | 3525185 RSBriggs
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Why does it feel like we're living out a dystopian science fiction novel?

Thu, 05/02/2013 - 23:12 | 3525197 howenlink
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If it walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, and looks like a duck, it's probably a duck.

Fri, 05/03/2013 - 01:29 | 3525459 Ignatius
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May I?

"If it walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, and looks like a duck, it's probably a duck in a dystopian science fiction novel."

Fri, 05/03/2013 - 12:36 | 3527371 Forty Six and 2
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but it tastes like GMO fed factory chicken

Fri, 05/03/2013 - 02:51 | 3525581 KickIce
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It's a witch, and there'll be plenty of witch hunts for those that step out of line.

Thu, 05/02/2013 - 23:34 | 3525245 Caviar Emptor
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Bow to the primacy of the greater good. And don't dare enter the forbidden zone

Thu, 05/02/2013 - 23:44 | 3525265 lolmao500
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Because history is full of men in power that are crazy as fuck. Most politicians are psychopaths... Totalitarians leaders are a special brand of psychopaths (Stalin, Mao, Hitler, Pol Pot, Kim Jong Il/Un, Qadafi, Saddam, Ivan The Terrible...the list is endless).

Fri, 05/03/2013 - 07:22 | 3525830 mydogisprettier...
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You forgot GWB and Obama in there

Fri, 05/03/2013 - 08:37 | 3526058 ross81
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Gaddafi??? Get lost, the standard of living in Libya was very good under him. The country was secular & on the path to introducing a Gold-backed dinar until it was destroyed by the usual globalists and their Jihadi footsoldiers.

Fri, 05/03/2013 - 09:05 | 3526261 aerojet
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He was batshit crazy, yes.

Fri, 05/03/2013 - 09:08 | 3526272 overmedicatedun...
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in the USA..local police:"we want people to call us if the guy down the street hates the government.."

http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/news/news/state-regional-govt-politics/bradshaw-gets-1-million-for-violence-prevention-un/nXbs4/

Fri, 05/03/2013 - 09:48 | 3526483 11b40
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He was batshit crazy for 40 years, and complicit in the Lockerbie bombing over 20 years ago.  

So, why did we suddenly decide to back a buch of jihadists to overthrow him when we did?  It was us who has now caused Libya to be totally screwed up and the people of the country to suffer.  They had a pretty good standard of living, and for the most part supported Daffy Duck.

Fri, 05/03/2013 - 03:22 | 3525616 tango
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Why does it feel like we're living out a dystopian science fiction novel?    

It's the way of cults.  I had a son caught in one and was told that this world view becomes dominant - the end is near and only we have all the answers. Questions are dismissed as "disloyal" and members end up talking only to each other thus reinforcing the ideology. Any path other than the one espoused by the group is dismissed as evil as are those who disagree. Previous heroes of the group are instantly denounced when they are deemed insufficiently "pure". 

What's telling is how often economic ideological purists end up endorsing violence (hang bankers, destroy the rich, shoot all judges, kill all politicians, religious folks, professors, liberals, conservatives, etc). The genius of the US system has been this ability to discuss without demonizing, ask questions and compromise if necessary.

 

Fri, 05/03/2013 - 03:41 | 3525637 Peterus
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Current economic system perpatrates immense violence day by day.

Also let's for a second imagine a "cult" of virute and justice. If one of a primary members of this cult becomes vile and injust should he still be venerated?

I don't quite see the bit about discussion too. Anti-system people pretty much talk with each other, because they are not being heard by anyone else. You don't get left wing politician, centrist, right wing + lefty anarchist and libertarian to all TV debates. Just the mainstream people. And the fringes at least listen to the center if even to criticize it. Sometime get guests and input from their "enemies" etc.

Personal violence and radical steps are applauded all across the board, by some supporters while condemned by some. How many union hacks, or low level political party supporters want violence or coercion to move thier goals? Is it smaller or maybe larger part of their entire base than anti-system basement dweller that wants the bankers dead? Though, here I agree, that overall violent rhetoric might suggest something ugly in the future.

Fri, 05/03/2013 - 11:28 | 3527061 tango
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Ideological purists go far beyond left, right or libertarian..  Their world view ALWAYS involved conspriacy of some type and enemies as described by their leaders. These lurking enemies may be neighbors, relatives or unknown people but they earn our disdain because they reject the "truth" - UFOs, Austrian/Marxist/anarchist economics, ecoterrorism, radical animal rights, NWO, etc.

What's depressing is the ease with which many of these end up espousing the use of force and violence.  After all, the "system", the 1%, the unions, companies, moms, teachers, cops - all practice violence so why shouldn't they?"   (Sigh)   Violence flourishes only when it becomes acceptable. 

Fri, 05/03/2013 - 13:32 | 3527585 Sean7k
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Don't you just love "hot" words. Which ideological purists are you referring to? Keynsians? Monetarists? Federalists? Democrats? Republicans? Or are you suggesting that unless all people refuse to hold strong opinions and exist in an area of grey, they are ideological purists?

Austrian Economics is a well respected school of economics. You call anarchists and marxixts ideologues whom should be distained? Why? What makes them any worse that fascist America? The worst terrorist nation on earth? As for UFO's- this is a well established fact, with detailed documentation the world over. Perhaps you have confused UFO's with aliens? This kind of sloppy thinking is typical of extremists.

Violence is part of human nature. You want to judge which types are acceptable- how are you different from the ideologues you have condemned?

Fri, 05/03/2013 - 08:11 | 3525930 Sean7k
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And the genius of the Federal Reserve System is the institution of slavery through process, empowered by the State. If the State is actively promoting debt slavery, who would be stupid enough to participate? The calls for the violence against system leaders is a sign of the frustration with a State that promises freedom while actively destroying it. 

Your swipe at those that protest these actions, as cult like, is disingenious. You want to attack the protestor and embolden the State by promoting participation and thereby legitimization of its' actions. Wake up!

Fri, 05/03/2013 - 11:40 | 3527138 tango
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As I said, outside ideas are instantly dismissed and the speaker denigrated ("Want to attack the protester, embolden the State"  etc)  No, calls for violence are not simply frustration (many obviously are eager for it) but instead rests on the notion that all our problems are the fault of "them".  That attitude is the opposite of individual responsiblity and leads to all sorts of weird thinking.   If we're all pawns in a big chess game then why get upset or bother trying?  

An argument can be made that Federal Reserves occasionally do good (as in the Baltics and Poland).  Besides, the fault lies not in the stars but in us.  Our problems are not the fault of the Fed, the government, the system but of a populace conditioned to live beyond its means, vote for those who promise freebies and pass the debt to our children. 

Fri, 05/03/2013 - 13:37 | 3527527 Sean7k
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At no point does my comment denigrate you personally, but the content of your comment. This is the accepted form of debate and argument. Nice try.

The problems of the world are the fault of the Elites, as they are the ones in control of government, which your previous comment makes note of. Why would we need to work through Congress, unless the Congress was compromised? This attitude has nothing to do with personal responsibility or weird thinking, it addresses the concept of civics and citizen responsibility. As Citizens, we SHOULD point out the deficiencies in government and demand change. If that change is no longer possible through referendum, then other means are called for- as suggested by Thomas Jefferson and other founding fathers.

The Federal Reserve has NEVER done any good. However, please present an argument with citations. I would love to hit that one out of the park. The Fed does not exist in the Baltics nor Poland- central banking does. The limitations are different. Compare apples and apples.

The only way to create new debt is for treasury to request new bonds and for the FED to agree. Who else would be at fault? You might want to sharpen your trolling skills..

Fri, 05/03/2013 - 09:24 | 3526358 astoriajoe
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Perhaps we should check the white house log for a Philip K Dick entry.

Thu, 05/02/2013 - 23:07 | 3525191 Cmatt
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Trial run?

Thu, 05/02/2013 - 23:14 | 3525204 Skateboarder
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Yep, for the rest of the world. Welcome to 1984, sorry we were a few years late.

Fri, 05/03/2013 - 04:09 | 3525659 agent default
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More like history repeating itself.

Thu, 05/02/2013 - 23:09 | 3525193 ElvisDog
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At the risk of being insensitive, who gives a fuck? Japan is a country with no natural resources, a declining population, and an impotent military. If they want to become a military dictatorship, so be it.

Thu, 05/02/2013 - 23:38 | 3525282 Pure Evil
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Setting the stage for WWIII in.......10.......9......8......7......

Fri, 05/03/2013 - 03:23 | 3525618 tango
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And who is Japan going to fight?  This sound ominously like the runup to the Gulf War.  Japan is in its current predicament because of demographics and a homogenized population that accepts nearly everything without question. 

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