Tokyo Damage Report

Yamamoto and artisan vs. hustle

Reading the book INSIDE THE KAISHA, and its explanation of kata (the formalized but often unspoken "one correct way" to do things at a particular company) , reminded me of another book:   A while back I translated ACTOR, the autobiography of Ryuuji Yamamoto, Japan's most famous scat-o-phile.   Section One of Mr. Yamamoto’s book deals [...]

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how the capitalist – communist thing actually works

Japan! Economy! What the hell, people? The lack of incentives.The redundant workers doing long hours. Companies where 1,200 people do the job that 400 people could do, and the high costs are passed on to the consumer. The banks that pay no interest. Huh? I thought only communist countries do that.    It makes no [...]

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HAPPY FLIGHT AND THE IRON TRIANGLE

    HAPPY FLIGHT is a Japanese movie about people working for the real-life ANA (All Nippon Airways). Saw it on TV. Sucked. But in an interesting way: It teaches about the slightly Orwellian Japanese version of product placement.   Since Dragnet in the ’60s, American TV and movies have done product placement: The LAPD let the [...]

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imaginary jobs

books like DOGS AND DEMONS talk about Japan’s crazy public works projects. To keep unemployment down and money circulating in the economy, they straight make up fake jobs for people. And it works – people have jobs and coffee that cost 300 yen this morning does not cost 450 yen the next morning.  It works, and [...]

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JAPAN ’S CAPITALIST COMMUNISM. . . .

  . . . .where businesses in the same field all cooperate with each other. . . to screw the customers! A very Japanese phenomenon. Capitalist Communism ~ All the greed of the former, with the stifling, uncompetitve, lack-of-incentive of the latter! None of Communism’s workers’ rights, and none of Capitalism’s unpredictable, dynamic hustle! FUCKIN’ [...]

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