Has it already been 7 months since I wrote about Japan’s demographic time bomb? How time flies when you’re “having fun.”
The previous posts focused on the future impact of a civilization that’d killed off a significant percentage of its children, and the children it did produce weren’t interested in reproducing. The net result was an inverted population economic pyramid, where there were more significantly more elderly people that needed care and provisioning as compared to younger, energetic workers that would generate economic activity, taxes, and so provide a means to care for their elders. That members of the workforce are required to retire at age 60 doesn’t help maintain economic activity either.
In the time since then I’ve come across some articles which describe aspects of modern-day Japan as its population contracts, people abandon the rural areas, and how society’s oldest people are not only left to fend for themselves, they have little if any contact with their neighbors.
The seriousness of this lack of social interaction is that people with good relations with their neighbors were more likely to be “rescued” if they suffered an accident or something else happened as compared elderly that either had no family members or their family lived more than a mere 15 minutes walking distance away.
The elderly who die alone are termed “Kodokushi”, which literally means “lonely death.” Such people die alone and unnoticed, and their passing can go unnoticed for weeks, or even years. What is even more eyebrow-raising is that every year an estimated 30,000 Japanese citizens leave this world in this manner. For many of these people that survived WW II and then helped rebuild Japan to meet such a horribly undignified end of life is saddening to say the least.
Why is this happening? Because the traditional Japanese three-generational structure of the home is breaking down, and the resulting caregiving burden is more than many families can bear. With no families to take care of them, over 420K elderly people are waiting for nursing home spots in the hopes they’ll find care there.
On a less solemn note, there’s a humorous side effect of Japan’s population drop – which has left upwards of 10,000 towns and villages without anyone to populate them. One such town struggling with a declining and aging population is Nagoro, home of Tsukimi Ayano who returned from Osaka to take care of her aging father. At 65, she’s one of the younger residents of the village – if you don’t count the multitude of scarecrows she’s created and placed in various locations around the village.
Even though it closed to human use two years ago, school’s still “in” for these creations:
Originally created to scare crows away from her radishes, Ayano started making and positioning her creations in various parts of the village to remind her or people that used to live there and the things they did when they were alive and well.
Carly makes a sensible case for feminism that’s defined as “Women making their own choices”, responds to a question that asserts Christians can’t be strong leaders, and finishes with abortion.
Following is a interview at the Center for Strategic & International Studies, where she delivers an epic one-liner:
Politics is a fact free zone.
Now feminism is no longer enough – equality is the new goal, and that means the gov’t now has to dictate how people run their own households.
From the video:
Women are all strong, intelligent and independent people who don’t need no man. Now sit back hear all about how men need to give women preferential treatment, a leg up or lower standards so they can be equal. I guess I was doing equality wrong all this time by treating people as equals. Thanks feminism!
I found this little gem on “Hot Alpha Female”
God gave women intuition and femininity.
Used properly, the combination easily jumbles the brain of any man I’ve ever met.
Women have an innate power that comes with their gender, and any woman that owns that power and knows how to use it has more power than any “equal” woman trying to act like a man.
In prior installments of this blog I documented how Liberal Bias was killing university programs, and in The Insanity of Student Loans I posited that the epic windfall of money being funneled to the University system via forgiven student loans had hints of something subversive, or even a conspiracy.
Today, I’m here to document more information to support what looks like an ongoing indoctrination of students of higher education in the name of a favorite liberal touchstone of “diversity”. The attached video documents an explosion of “diversity” personnel at the various University of California campuses, each with massive incomes, with even larger bodies of junior bureaucrats, who’re lowering admission standards in order to get students with the desired “diversity” qualities to justify the existence of these large programs.
An ongoing attack on the underpinnings of what makes this country great?
I’ll leave it to you to decide….in the meantime, enjoy the video.
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 3,500 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 58 trips to carry that many people.
Daniel Hannan, an English MP (Member of Parliament), points out that while socialists and fascists are two different kinds of authoritarian collectivists, they fought one another for power, and both groups are hostile to the classically liberal true “right” – which stands for individual freedom.
In the Telegraph, “So total is the Left’s cultural ascendancy that no one likes to mention the socialist roots of fascism,”
Daniel Hannan points out that reciting basic historical facts about history results in a rather “unique” reaction:
One of the most stunning achievements of the modern Left is to have created a cultural climate where simply to recite these facts is jarring. History is reinterpreted, and it is taken as axiomatic that fascism must have been Right-wing, the logic seemingly being that Left-wing means compassionate and Right-wing means nasty and fascists were nasty. You expect this level of analysis from Twitter mobs; you shouldn’t expect it from mainstream commentators.
An epic speech – highly recommended.