JAPAN’S NEW CYBERSECURITY MINISTER ADMITS HE’S NEVER USED A COMPUTER
Auth: Rachel England
Publ: Engadget (.com)
Date: November 15, 2018
COMMENTARY BY CHARLES SULKA
Japanese Prime Minister Abe has appointed a man who boasts that he has never used a computer to the post of director of cybersecurity. As the writer (England) points out, this sort of thing does nothing to restore anyone’s faith in the political system which is at an all-time low — and falling fast — everywhere in the world.
It is obvious that Japanese Prime Minister Abe is a Republican in spirit, if not in name. The Prime Minister has appointed a businessman with absolutely no experience in the field or even rudimentary knowledge about the subject at hand to a top government position.
Abe’s actions are taken straight from the NWO (New World Order) globalist/corporatist playbook. Abe’s actions are fully in keeping with the Republican philosophy of (non)governance. The aim is to undermine civil government and replace it with a one-world corporatist regime with the people of the world trapped in bondage to the ruling elites and financial interests.
The planned new world order has been referred to as neo-feudalism. In feudalism, the serfs were tied to the land. They had little freedom, but at least they had a homeland and saw themselves as members of a community. Importantly, their lives had value, because without them nobody would eat. In neo-feudalism, the enslaved workers are displaced, and deliberately so, as a matter of policy. Homeless migrant workers in thrall to corporate masters are seen as less of a threat than disgruntled workers who see themselves as members of a community under attack.
The Republicans’ plan is to appoint to crucially important leadership positions only those who are profit-oriented and autocratic rather than those who are people-oriented, believe in Christian family and community values, and support the democratic process. In practice, all Republican government appointees tend to be incompetent ideologues, most coming from privilege and inherited wealth, although occasionally there will be a ‘self-made man’ — a financial manipulator, multi-level marketing scammer, or vulture capitalist. All Republican political actors oppose sound governance and despise the people of their respective nations.
The whole point of neoconservative politics is to undermine society while personally profiting from the process, promoting the interests of the plutocrats and ruling elites by plundering the public treasury and reducing the population to a state of desperation. First they undermine sound government through ineptitude and sabotage, then they blame society’s problems on their sworn enemy, government … claiming, in the immortal words of the Great Communicator, that “government is the problem, not the solution.” In this way the conservatives promote the anti-government agenda of the psychopaths and plutocrats while advancing their own self-interest and the interests of the upper class. Don’t be fooled for a second; this is class warfare, and the Republicans are both perverse and persistent. They will never relent.
The situation in Japan gets even more bizarre than just unqualified and/or incompetent political appointees. Recently, Prime Minister Abe has also forced a new immigration policy on the Japanese nation — a policy that is neo-fascist at its core. The new policy dehumanizes, degrades, and enslaves immigrants who will be lured to Japan for temporary work. Permanent residency in Japan and citizenship is never to be offered to the temporary workers or, presumably, to the ever-increasing ranks of robot workers. (See below.)
Abe claims that in the future, robots and immigrant workers will be needed to care for Japan’s ageing population. The issue is framed as a practical response to gentrification. (It seems that Japanese women would rather play with their Chia pets than have sex, the end result being a negative birth rate and gentrification.) Note that the new policy is fully in keeping with the globalists’ concept of a corporatist NWO (New World Order) two-tier social structure: the ruling elites and their technocrat enablers, lording it over a vast underclass that actually does all the work. The underclass is trapped in wage-slavery, and, under Japan’s new temporary work program, denied economic opportunity and citizenship. The workers are to be reduced to poverty, living lives of desperation and privation; upward mobility or a fair share of the nation’s wealth are definitely not part of the program. To free mankind from bondage is definitely not the aim of the neo-feudal New World Order.
Japan’s policy is a not-too-subtle expression of the corporatists’ disdain for their fellow human beings. In Japan these foreign workers are not even regarded as human beings; they are regarded as nothing more than a poor substitute for robot labor. It is clear that Abe would prefer to use only robots if he could, as robots work without pay and never complain about working conditions. And, importantly, robots do not become Red Army terrorists or join Aum Shinrikyo to attack commuters on the Tokyo subway with nerve gas.
So far, anyway, robots have not posed much of a threat. Skynet is still several years away. Japan could face a major threat from an uprising of female sex robots run amok (it could only happen in Japan, where men turn to sex robots for gratification because Japanese women are preoccupied.) But lest we got too far off track ….
In truth, Japan does not have many good options here. The situation is probably worse than the Japanese government realizes, for the globalist worldview is falling into disfavor. Japan’s resource-starved economy, which it almost totally dependent upon exports, could be hit particularly hard by the anti-globalist paradigm shift.
Changes in demographics could force Japan to turn to immigrant labor as a stop-gap measure, at least until Japan can build enough worker robots or reprogram the growing number of sex robots to do domestic chores. Who will these immigrant workers be? Few people in the West have any interest in living in Japan’s homogenous, stultifying, rigorously structured society — a society known for its limited opportunities and disdain for individual initiative. In Japanese culture, entrepreneurs are scorned. Individual initiative is discouraged, being regarded as dangerous, even anti-social. Individual initiative threatens the stability of Japan’s rigidly ordered society. In Japan, tradition is paramount and change is abhorrent.
Japan epitomizes corporate capitalism; under the Japanese system, known as ‘keiretsu’, businesses and financial interests are closely linked in interlocking networks that function as cartels, being totally resistant to outsiders. It is, basically, corporate fascism. Moreover, Japan’s economy is to a very large degree dependent upon foreign markets for its products. Thus Japan could be seen as the poster child for the NWO (New World Order) corporatist/globalist system.
Unfortunately for the corporatists and globalists, rather than serving as an example of globalism’s success, the Japanese model has turned out to be just the opposite: proof of globalism’s failings. Despite aggressive marketing and a reputation for first-rate products — Japanese consumer electronics, Japanese power tools, and Japanese automobiles are widely regarded as being among the best in their class — the Japanese economy has had zero growth for two decades. Moreover, the Japanese have the highest rate of indebtedness of any developed nation, with the country’s national debt being more than double GDP. Japan is actually closer to bankruptcy than America (although on a different scale, and with better prospects for recovery in the future.)
Some commentators blame Japan’s lack of entrepreneurial spirit as being the cause of the nation’s economic problem. While it is true that the country has the lowest rate of ‘inventiveness’ of any western economy (not sure exactly how they measure this), this is not the primary cause of the economy’s stagnation. The cause of Japan’s economic collapse rests with the false promises of globalization. As the countries of the world experience disruption and economic collapse wrought by neoliberal economics, neoconservative politics, and mismanagement (basically, ‘rape and pillage, then move on’) the global market for consumer goods has actually shrunk considerably … and will continue to shrink. Economies based primarily on exports are particularly susceptible to the vicissitudes of global trade and the impoverishment of whole nations by the slash and burn economic policies of those in charge of the world’s economy.
One thing that the country has been excoriated for by the neocon free traders, but which could actually turn out to be Japan’s saving grace, is having maintained protectionist policies on key sectors of the economy. American corporate farmers complain that Japan doesn’t allow them to sell their rice; the profiteers in the corporate health care industry are stymied because Japan’s constitution mandates that all clinics and hospitals be community-based not-for-profit organizations; Jewish lawyers whine that they cannot worm their way into the impenetrable Japanese legal system. [If there is one thing the Japanese people should be thankful for, it is their government’s protecting the nation from what may be the most insidious threat any country will ever face — an incursion of Jewish lawyers. (Ed).) Protectionism and nationalism are being seen by more and more nations as the only effective ways to fight the globalist juggernaut. Japan, having always been protectionist and nationalistic, has a real advantage in this regard.
Because of Japan’s history of aggression and unspeakable crimes against its neighbors, few people in the Far East would be comfortable living with the Japanese. Just about the only immigrants Japan can attract to exploit as low-paid temporary workers will be impoverished and desperate Indonesians, Thais, Cambodians, Vietnamese … and maybe some Koreans (although there is bad blood between the Japanese and the Koreans that dates back … forever.) Disgruntled Philippinos (especially women, who have it particularly bad) may flock to Japan for jobs as domestic servants … but they will likely not stay long, as the Japanese are known to be particularly domineering, imperious, even tyrannical bosses. Why would women need to go all the way to Japan when they can get that sort of abuse at home?
One thing is certain: there will be no Chinese coming to Japan as temporary workers. The memory of millions of Chinese people — whole villages, including the women and children, in addition to the brave partisans defending their country from the Japanese invaders — being lined up and slaughtered by Japanese soldiers for bayonet practice will never be forgotten by the Chinese. During WW-II Allied war propaganda depicted Nazi Germany’s atrocities, the most horrific being “babies on bayonets.” In truth, it was the Japanese who were guilty of the most heinous crimes against humanity. In Asia and throughout the Pacific region, the Japanese invaded and plundered and committed such atrocities on an unimaginable scale, forcing Asian women to serve as sex slaves and slaughtering their children in front of their eyes.
The memories of Japanese bestiality are all the more painful because the truth of Japan’s war crimes and inhuman practices is conveniently denied in Japanese textbooks, and the Japanese government refuses to offer apologies or reparations to its victims. It seems that in Japan, there is no shame in brutality (still, it does simplify things to just deny one’s crimes.) Yet in Japanese culture, one would ‘lose face’ by apologizing to the victims of such unspeakable savagery. If one didn’t know better, one might think the Japanese — and especially their home-grown terrorists — had received their training from the Jews, their attitude and actions being so similar to those of the Zionists in their dealings with the victims of the rightful owners of the Palestinian homeland.
Telling the people in neighboring countries that they can come to the Empire of the Sun — but only temporarily — to be mistreated by abusive employers while working for subsistence wages and being denied even basic human rights or the prospect of being welcomed into that country as permanent residents and maybe some day, citizens … well, that’s sure to engender good will and earn the respect and admiration of the other peoples of the world. Or not … for Japan, this could be a public relations disaster in the making.
Japan, a nation which does not like foreigners (go-jin) in general, is particularly unfriendly toward Muslims. This could actually save Japan from the strife and struggle of the Holy Wars which loom in man’s future. Presumably, many of Japan’s temporary workers will come from Mohammedan cultures. The Mohammedans, who take their religious beliefs seriously (too seriously, in the eyes of the rest of the world) should fit right in with a pantheistic people who worship their own ancestors in addition to a whole pantheon of deities, ghouls, totems, and hobgoblins.
This should be interesting.
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Japan’s new cybersecurity minister admits he’s never used a computer
Rachel England, @rachel_england
November 15, 2018
Via: New York Times
Whichever way your political ideology lies, there’s no doubt that we live in interesting times. A lot of us have opinions on which political figures are qualified to do their jobs — and which definitely aren’t — but we can probably all agree that if you’re going to put someone in charge of, say, cybersecurity, they should probably at least know their way around a computer. Right? Apparently not, if you’re the Japanese prime minister, who has recently appointed Yoshitaka Sakurada, 68, as head of the government’s cybersecurity office, despite him never having used a computer.
Japanese lawmakers were understandably baffled when, on Wednesday, Sakurada appeared confused when asked some basic technology questions relating to the use of USB drives in nuclear power plants. “I don’t know the details well. So how about having an expert answer your question if necessary?” the man who is supposed to be the expert said. He added that as he has been running his own business since the age of 25, he simply orders his employees or secretaries to use a computer when necessary. “I don’t type on a computer.”
This isn’t the first time Sakurada has caused controversy. He’s also overseeing the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, with Japanese newspaper The Asahi Shimbun commenting that he has a “knack for giving baffling replies”, and that his responses to questions about Olympic preparations “showed a stunning lack of understanding of basic issues concerning the event.”
Of course, his comments are a huge embarrassment for Japan — a country widely regarded as being one of the most technologically innovative in the world — and do nothing to restore anyone’s faith in the political system. But also, they bring a reassuring sense of inevitability to the politically despairing: no-one knows what’s going on, satire doesn’t exist anymore, and the end is surely nigh.
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