The Real Problem with Japan

Of late, many articles have popped up in the blogosphere arguing that Japan did not really stagnate and that all is well in the land of the rising sun. I have myself seen the Japanese stagnation of the last 2 decades as the best case deflationary scenario, possible largely because of a homogenous and indoctrinated population combined with a decent growth in export markets. To their credit- the Japanese have been able to maintain a very functional socio-economic system by creating and maintaining jobs. Moreover most of their debt is internal, not external.

However everything is not OK.

They have achieved those goals by destroying the lives, hopes and prospects of their youth. Yes, you heard that right.. pretty much everyone in japan who was born after 1970 has been screwed. To understand how this occurred, one must start at the beginning- at the end of WW2.

After Japan lost WW2 and was demilitarized, they set about conquering the world through trade. They almost achieved that through very hard work, group cohesion, high savings rates and a lot of government controlled capitalism. However there was a fatal flaw in this plan- their asian mindset.

Japan never westernized at a cultural level.

I am not talking about acting like an american or french, but rather developing the intellectual traditions that make dissent and free though possible. They were therefore limited to improving and making better versions of what westerners did. Combined with their entrepreneur and change-averse culture, they missed many opportunities to go past the west. Therefore Japan makes excellent cars, machinery and a host of other high-quality things but almost nothing that is path-breaking.

Now the problem with making things is that the manufacturing is becoming less labor intensive, thereby removing the principal source of new well-paid jobs for their youth. Since many of their youth have no real alternative to well paid manufacturing jobs, they subsist on low-paying temp or contract jobs in a range of industries from manufacturing to services. Given the relatively high cost of living in Japan and pre-existing cultural norms, most of them remain single and live with their parents.

Young men have seen the fate of their hard-working parents and therefore have no intention to slave for an employer just to give up their paycheck each month to a demanding and greedy woman- aka a Japanese wife. They have just dropped out of the dating market and have no interest in “growing up”.

Then there is the issue of how their government’s policy and mindset caused them to deliberately restrict their own consumption in accordance with mercantile norms and created a culture of doing with less. However austerity is not good for business, growth and most importantly- morale. They now have a problem which is somewhat unique in human history-

A rich and technologically capable, but rapidly aging, society without enough youth who have aspirations or ambitions.

Many Japanese, especially the younger ones, are aware that things are not going well. However the system still functions well enough and so nobody wants to rock the boat or complain. Furthermore the structure of their society is such that complaints or attempts to reform are hushed or ignored and usually result in social ostracism of those who disagree. It is like watching a very slow-motion train accident where even those in the train are aware of the accident but don’t want to do anything about it.


  1. Matt Strictland
    January 9, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    Thanks for the analysis AD. That was spot on and thorough.

    I’ve tried to explain that Japan is a best case scenario for rapid aging many times and have not yet been able to do so as well either. Solid.

  2. Ryu
    January 9, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    You cannot change your genes. The culture you speak of is formed from long term behavior is formed by environment and genes.

    You cannot turn 100 million Japanese into 100 million whites. Simple exposure to white culture does not work. This is not osmosis or diffusion. The blacks have been in the US nearly since the beginning and it has not worked for them. Similar with the Indians, feather not dot.

    Even you, AD, carry your genetic heritage. I know what Indians think of other Indians. Your background and culture comes out. India has always had a caste system. You would have been a Brahmin or Khshatriya.

    No one can build better civilizations than whites, which is why the world flocks to Europe, the US and Australia. If you want to save the world, save the white race.

  3. will
    January 9, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    Pretty much agree with Ryu – all developing countries are getting rich feeding off the (white) developed world. Who else will buy Chinese/Brazillian-made goods? Who else will outsource services to India/Philippines? Russian resources are required to make these goods. BRIC would fall apart if the white world stopped using them.

    The next question is what white civilisation can be saved? Europe is gone – forecasts show the Islamification of Europe in 20-50 years. This cannot be reversed short of mass genocide/explusion (due to huge differences in child per family etc – whites are low 1 child per couple, average muslim couple have nearly 5 children.)

    UK was nearly there but large immigrations of Eastern Bloc (Polish in particularly) has increased the white race there (still around the 85-90% mark). UK removing itself from Europe (which it is making steps to doing – as shown by the recent veto re: euro) can only a good thing on this front, stopping free travel of European muslims due to being in the EU zone.

    US seems to be the only growing white country around. People talk about the latino ‘problem’ but most latino’s share the attitudes of white Americans (though they may be the attitudes of 1950’s America) – the only major difference is the concept of family (which current day white america neglects).

    • Marry Muslim Women
      January 20, 2012 at 3:59 pm

      “The next question is what white civilisation can be saved? Europe is gone – forecasts show the Islamification of Europe in 20-50 years. ”

      Non-muslim men need to learn how to successfully game Muslim women and marry them. The children can be raised secularly, or with a combination of the faith of the father and mother. I’ve seen this in South Asia. Most Muslims are not extremely orthodox so it is possible. Non-muslim men need to get on it.

  4. ThousandMileMargin
    January 9, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    And what is true for Japan is true for China. They are going down the same path as Japan, just 20 years later. China in 2010 = Japan in 1990.
    Thanks to the one-child policy they will stagnate for the next 20 years then the population declines after 2030 just as Japan’s population is declining now.

    Remember all the talk in 1990 about Japan overtaking the USA, the Tokyo real estate bubble etc? History doesn’t repeat but it sure does rhyme.

  5. Webe
    January 10, 2012 at 8:15 am

    Ryu et al & “white” civilization.
    It may be true that white society (1) has a secret social or cultural trait; and (2) that white civilization has achieved results no other civilization could have; and that (3) there is a link to genetic factors unique to the white race.
    I don’t see any evidence for any of the three assumptions.
    Seems to me that white civilization is predicated on previous social and cultural evolution, and though it has evidently taken unique turn of events within a unique set of circumstances, I fail to see anything white, except in the same way that some texts are printed on white paper and others are printed on green paper.

  6. cynical youth
    January 10, 2012 at 11:22 am

    @Ryu: If this is the case, they why is Eastern Europe nowhere near the prosperity of Western Europe if culture is determined mostly by genetics.

    Why did Western values like individualism, innovation, and tolerance of dissent only started appearing after the Black Death and a bunch of awful harvests devastated Western Europe. You guys forget that prior to the Black Death, Western Europe was a feudal hellhole.

    Liberals are wrong, not all cultures and viewpoints are created equal. However, you determinstic viewpoint is more absurd, especially misplaced in this case as Japan isn’t even being ravaged by multiculturalism. Going by your logic, The mere fact that the Japanese are no longer a bunch of militaristic assholes is enough evidence that your HBD genetic deterministic viewpoints are heavily misplaced in this case.

    • Jordan
      January 12, 2012 at 6:24 am

      Ummm, EE is Slavic, a completely different ethnic group than Western Europeans.

      Let’s just say that the genetic theory, in order to make sense, has to say that for a few groups in a relatively small area (essentially the UK, France, Northern Italy (but not Southern), Germany, and the Netherlands) some genetic shift (perhaps analogous to what happened to Ashkenazi Jews) took place around 1300 AD. Before that time, these groups were essentially nothing special, and there is every evidence that sometime in the late 19th/early 20th centuries, another genetic shift took place suggesting that these groups are returning to the nothing special status they held before 1300 AD for most of history.

      Personally I find this theory convincing. The question to ask is, why were/are these particular groups so genetically unstable?

      • Jordan
        January 12, 2012 at 6:27 am

        Just to make clear, it’s not about “Aryan” blood. The Scands – pure Aryans – have contributed as little as EE, perhaps even less.

        Northern Italians had a huge non-Aryan component, and Spain had a huge Aryan/Germanic component, too (and Spain did nothing special).

        So many purely Aryan groups have been hugely un-creative while many mixed groups (Italians, French) have been hugely creative.

        It is more an issue of the particular groups in the regions I listed.

  7. Ryu
    January 10, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    Russia and Eastern Europe have had a very powerful influence on science and in particular, mathematics. A cursory search of wikipedia would prove this. However, like Southern Europe, the problem may have been admixture. The Muslims ruled over Iberia and Southern France for 800 years. They lost the purity of their blood, and lost what made them special. Some places in Russia have been affected by the Central Asian stock.

    The primary problem in Russia was the Jews. Much of the ruling and organized crime class even today is Jewish. Communism/Bolshevism is a codeword for Jew. But Russia is the most racially aware nation on Earth. Certainly E. Europe is preferable to all of Africa. Immigration stats bear this out.

  8. cynical youth
    January 10, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    Firstly, only an extremely small amount of humans have the intellect necessary to make innovations in STEM fields, certainly not enough to credit an entire culture with the acheivements of its smartest members. Wouldn’t the history of serfdom be a much more effective indicator of Russia’s culture? Its like suggesting blacks as a whole are ultra civilized and tolerant of other races just because of famous blacks like Martin Luther King Jr.

    Secondly, you praise whites for their cultural dominance but hate on Jews. Wouldn’t Jews logically be superior to whites if they were repeatedly able to take over the ruling class of multiple white nations much in the same way whites were superior to African cultures do to their ability to industrialize and how they colonize the continent?

    Thirdly, you still didn’t say anything about how genetics supposedly makes it impossible for cultures to fundamentally change. By your logic, Western Europe should have went right back to feudalism following the Black Death, but somehow managed to make a massive shift from being feudal to eventually becoming more liberty minded. Japan should still be militaristic bastards if culture is predetermined. note, both societies were homogonous when these shifts occured.

  9. Columnist
    January 11, 2012 at 7:37 am

    Yes, Ryu, cynical youth does press you. You can’t beat the Jews with force. However, Israel is a very unstable society.

  10. Uncle Otto
    January 12, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    You’ve never been to Japan.

    If you talked to some young Japanese, you’d find that while yuppies in NYC slave away for 80 hours a week for a shithole apartment, Japs are going out to bars every night, have new, but small apartments filled with gadgets, and can afford luxuries like motorcycles.

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