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ジョージ ドラマ出演決定 テレビ東京「二つの祖国」でFBI捜査官に

テレビ東京 開局55周年特別企画「二つの祖国」
2019年3月23日(土)24日(日)21時から2夜連続放送
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テレ東55周年ドラマ『二つの祖国』にモーリー・ロバートソン、セイン・カミュらの出演決定
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小栗旬vsムロツヨシ「二つの祖国」ちょっと意外な“国際派”キャスト発表

 

ジーンズショップのライトオンが ジョージ&ファミリーフィーチャキャンペーンスタート!

ジーンズショップのライトオンが森本千絵さんを迎え、第1弾イメージヴィジュアルを制作 店頭展開スタート!

株式会社ライトオン(本社:茨城県つくば市、代表取締役社長:横内達治)は、コミュニケーションディレクター/アートディレクターの森本千絵さんを迎え、第1弾として、ジーンズショップであるRight-onの“ジーンズ”をキーワードに、ファミリーをバンドに見立てたヴィジュアルを制作いたしました。9月9日(金)より全国のRight-onで店頭タペストリーやポスター、動画で展開いたします。

今後も森本千絵さん監修のもと、イメージヴィジュアルを制作し、今までとは異なる世界観で、更なるジーンズの魅力を発信していきます。

ジーンズショップのライトオンが ジョージ&ファミリーフィーチャキャンペーンスタート!

ジーンズショップのライトオンが ジョージ&ファミリーフィーチャキャンペーンスタート!

もっと詳しく:ジーンズショップのライトオンが ジョージ&ファミリーフィーチャキャンペーンスタート! prtimes.jp/main/html/rd/p/000000065.000006294.html

George Williams on Natalie! Natalie is one of Japan’s most popular internet music sites!

George Williams on Natalie! Natalie is one of Japan’s most popular internet music sites!

George Williams on Natalie!

George Williams on Natalie!

ポップカルチャーの音楽サイト「ナタリー」に
ジョージがホストの「オトガタリ」始まりました!
みんな是非読んでください!
特集] オトガタリ Vol. 1 大谷ノブ彦(ダイノジ)
ジョージ・ウィリアムズがダイノジ大谷に聞いた思い出深い音楽体験とは?

ココです!http://natalie.mu/music/pp/otogatari01

ジョージ・ウイリアムズMC出演 2014年1月3日NHKワールドにて放送

ジョージが出演するNHKワールドのお正月特番「We love Japanese songs! 2014」

放送日時は下記の通りです。

1月3日(金)日本時間の午後11時10分初回放送
リピート1月4日(土)午前3時10分、

午前7時10分〜、

午前11時10分〜、
午後3時10分〜、

午後7時10分〜。

http://www.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/でNHK WORLDのライブストリーミングもあります。

An Interview With America’s Top Bitcoins Expert: Bitram “Bitty” Coins

This interview with a Bitcoins expert is just too good to ignore…

———————

Reality Check:

Today, I interview Bitram “Bitty” Coins, the nation’s leading expert in the Bitcoins market.

GN: Mr. Coins, I am happy you consented to an interview.
BC: Call me Bitty.
GN: OK, Bitty. I want to find out what this Bitcoins deal is all about.
BC: It’s about liberty. It’s about a new international market. It’s about a New World Currency Order.
GN: It’s also about buying 10,000 Bitcoins for $50 in 2009, which are worth $13,000,000 today.
BC: I call this value-added investing.
GN: I call it a digital tulip mania.
BC: I see that you are a skeptic.
GN: You have very clear eyesight.
BC: Maybe I can persuade you otherwise.
GN: Give it your best shot.

BC: Let me tell you about the #1 benefit. You get complete privacy.
GN: Complete?
BC: That’s right.
GN: How does this work?
BC: You go to an exchange and buy Bitcoins.
GN: You mean like Silk Road?
BC: Not Silk Road. The U. S. government shut it down.
GN: Then maybe Sheep Marketplace, Silk Road’s replacement?
BC. It went out of business when someone stole $100,000,000 in Bitcoins — maybe the biggest theft in history.
GN: How did he do this?
BC: Nobody knows.
GN: Will the police catch him?
BC: The police can’t do anything about it.
GN: Why not?
BC: Because, with Bitcoins, you have complete privacy.
GN: So does the thief.
BC: That’s the price of complete privacy.
GN: Then what recourse do the victims have?
BC: Well, one of them said this. “I won’t find this guy. Somebody else will. I assume he’ll be jailed, blackmailed, tortured or killed.” I find this inspirational. It’s 100% privacy at work.
GN: Are these heists a pattern?
BC. Not at all. They are random.
GN: But there are so many of them. Here is a list. (https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=83794.0)

BC: It’s just a cost of doing business anonymously.
GN: Because there are no contracts.
BC: Correct.
GN: Because there are no courts.
BC: Correct.
GN: Because no one knows who he is dealing with.
BC: Correct.
GN: So, if you get robbed, you lose everything.
BC: Yes. But the risk is low.
GN: How low?
BC: No one knows.
GN: Because the Bitcoins market is 100% secret.
BC: Correct.

GC: Let’s get back to your account of how I get 100% secrecy. Let’s say that I buy some Bitcoins on an exchange. A reliable exchange.
BC: A good idea.
GN: How do I get money to the seller of Bitcoins?
BC: By a bank draft.
GN: Is there a public record of this?
BC: Not on a Bitcoins exchange.
GN: I mean at my bank.
BC: Oh, sure. It shows that you have spent the money.
GN: So, I don’t transfer the money secretly.
BC: Correct.
GN: Then how do I get 100% secrecy?
BC: Because no one can follow your money after you transfer it.
GN: Even me, if it gets stolen.
BC: Correct.

GN: What if I want to sell some of my Bitcoins?
BC: No problem. You sell them, and you get dollars.
GN: Untraceable paper dollars?
BC: No. Digital money.
GN: But digits can be stored only in a bank.
BC: Correct.
GN: Then the digits — dollars — wind up in my bank account.
BC: Correct.
GN: So, this is not secret.
BC: Of course not. It’s central bank digital money.
GN: So, to maintain 100% secrecy, I must never sell my Bitcoins for dollars.
BC: Correct.
GN: What can I buy with Bitcoins?
BC: Illegal drugs.
GN: What else?
BC: Computer programming.
GN: Anything else?
BC: Not much. But there are more things all the time.

GN: So, let me be clear about this. I give up dollars, with which I can buy anything, so that I can buy Bitcoins, which can’t buy much of anything.
BC: You are buying secrecy.
GN: But I can go to my ATM and get currency. I can spend currency anywhere. I can spend it on anything offered for sale for dollars. This leaves no trace.
BC: But there is a record of this withdrawal.
GN: There is a record of my withdrawal to buy Bitcoins.
BC: True.

GN: Then why should I buy Bitcoins?
BC: Because they keep rising in price.
GN: Why do they go up in price?
BC: Because of success stories.
GN: Give me one.
BC: In 2010, you could have bought 10,000 of them for $25 in pizza.
GN: But in 2009, someone paid $50 for 10,000 Bitcoins. He took a 50% loss.
BC: The dollar-denominated price of Bitcoins is volatile.
GN: So, I should buy them as a speculation.
BC: We don’t call this a speculation.
GN: What do you call it?
BC: Buying the money of the future.
GN: Will it buy more things in the future than illegal drugs and programming?
BC: Of course.
GN: What is the evidence of this?

BC: It is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
GN: That’s the New Testament’s definition of faith.
BC: Say, you really know your Scriptures!
GN: I do. This one comes to mind. “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal.”
BC: Right! Lay up your treasures in the cloud!
GN: But not in Silk Road or Sheep Marketplace.
BC: Right.

It gets even more interesting from here on. Read the rest of the interview here: http://bit.ly/1bCOxNl

Mike Rogers USA Television News Interview Up on Youtube

Mike Rogers appeared on Feb 17th with WHDT World News in an interview that was aired in Boston, Miami and several other East Coast US cities. That interview is now available on Youtube.

WHDT World News is available to 6 million viewers from South Beach to Sebastian, Florida and to 2 million viewers in Boston, Massachusetts via WHDN.

To watch the interview, please click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lklKI-Gk2ik

WHDT World News is an independent full service television station. The program I was interviewed on was a Next News Network’s WHDT World News Program that airs daily at 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. Eastern on Comcast, DirecTV, Over-the-Air and Online at http://usmediavault.com/stream.php?s=whdt

Thank you goes out to producer Brian Gill and Gary Franchi of WHDN and the Reality Report for the opportunity. Keep up the good work! You guys rock!

Mike Rogers New Article Out on Lew Rockwell

I Visit Islamic and Fascist Countries
The NY Times would not be pleased. Article by Mike Rogers.
http://lewrockwell.com/rogers/rogers256.html

マイク・ロジャースはアメリカのテレビのニュースでインタビューされます。

マイク・ロジャースはアメリカのテレビのニュースでインタビューされます。
明日、2月24日, (日) 午前8:25~再び13:25~見てください: http://usmediavault.com/stream.php?s=whdt

ゲイリー·フランキ番組で

I Will be Interviewed on a US East Coast TV News Program Tomorrow Sunday Feb. 24 (Sat. 2/23 US time)


I will be interviewed on Gary Franchi’s program

I will be on an US East Coast TV news program being interviewed about issues concerning the differences between Japan and the USA dealing with gun control, expatriation, immigration, the economy and the view of the United States from here across the Pacific on Sat. 2/23 6 pm & 11 pm EST. (Japan time 8 am & 1pm Sunday, 2/24.) The interview starts at about the half way mark of the show and continues for a good 15 minutes.

http://usmediavault.com/stream.php?s=whdt

私はアメリカのテレビのニュースでインタビューされます。
明日、2月24日, (日) 午前8:25~再び13:25~見てください: http://usmediavault.com/stream.php?s=whdt

On Gun Control and Japan

Gun Control and Japan
By Mike (in Tokyo) Rogers

When it comes to gun control in the USA the logic of the progressives works in a very curious way. They often like to cherry pick nations from around the world to compare with the USA. One of their favorite nations to use as a comparison is Japan.

The argument goes like this; “Gun crimes are out of control in the United States! In America, over eleven thousand people are killed with guns every year! Japan has strict gun control laws and only a handful of people are killed with guns annually. Therefore Japan proves that gun control works. The United States should have gun control laws like Japan!”

You’ve heard this argument. I’m constantly hearing it; “If the United States were more like Japan”… “If the United States had gun laws like Japan, then gun crimes would virtually disappear.”

Is this true?

Well, it is certainly true that overall Japan is a much safer place than the United States. The data show this to be fact. I would also venture to say that, in many ways, it would be better if the United States and American people were more like Japan and the Japanese people. But I suppose that’s a samurai sword that cuts both ways; there are plenty of unfortunate things about Japan and the Japanese that sometimes make me wish it were more like the USA and American people.

Is directly comparing Japan’s gun laws and crime rate with the USA a good and logical comparison? Does this make sense? Are the progressives bringing up a point that is difficult to argue against? Can we make an apples-to-apples comparison using Japan against the USA?

The answer is no. Unfortunately for the progressives, we can’t sensibly make that comparison and I want to show you why it’s absurd to even consider it. The only things that might make sense in a Japan versus USA comparison might have to do with economics, automobiles, love of sushi and baseball (and I’m not so sure about the baseball part). If we are talking about gun control, crimes, or even universal health care, Japan and the United States are two animals that are as different as night and day.


We probably can’t even fairly compare Japanese girl’s fashions

Let me show you why and then when anyone makes this sort of comparison, you should smile and remind them of these few points…

You want to compare the United States to Japan?

The United States is a country that isn’t even 250 years old.

Japan has been a nation for over 2,700 years.

The United States is a nation of citizens that came from all over the world. Pureblood Native Americans account for a mere 0.9% of the total population.

Japan is a nation that consists of 98.5% of the population as being pureblood native Japanese. These Japanese people are descendants from those folks who came here 30,000 years ago.

Some people consider that the USA has a huge immigration problem. In the United States, there are estimates of up to 20 million illegal aliens in the country.

Japan is not known to have an immigration problem. Japan is extremely strict on immigration. About 150,000 people per year are allowed to immigrate to this country.

Any child born in the USA is automatically awarded citizenship even if that child’s mother is in the country illegally. This accounts for about 380,000 new Americans annually.

Just because you were born in Japan doesn’t mean that you can get Japanese citizenship. Even those living here today, as permanent residents, whose grandparents were brought to Japan as slaves from Korea or Taiwan over one hundred years ago, are not given Japanese citizenship upon birth.

“Cultural Identity” and “United States of America” are not words that I often note in the same sentence. The United States is a good example of a country that is considered a “Melting pot.”

The Japanese have an extremely strong cultural identity. Japan is a good example of one of the world’s few homogenous societies.

The United States was born in a revolution against a monarchy and all through its history it has had a civilian population that has always been well armed.

Japan was a caste society for thousands of years. The people – the peasantry – have never been armed. There was never any idea of democracy in feudal Japan and the people never considered rising up against the aristocrats and the warlords.

The United States was also founded on the principle that “All men are created equal.”

In Japan’s feudal caste society, 98% of the population was the peasantry; the remaining two percent were aristocrats, warriors and merchants. People were far from equal.

In the United States, the law of the land, written in the 1780s, says that the people have the right to keep and bear arms. People in the United States have a history of a country awash with guns.

In ancient Japan, the people were not even allowed to carry swords. The Great Sword Hunt was carried out in 1588 and disarmed everyone. The only ones who were ever allowed to carry arms were the warrior class. Guns? What guns?

According to the Global Peace Index, the United States ranks a lowly 88th place (One rank above the People’s Republic of China). Japan is ranked as the 5th most peaceful nation in the world.

According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, in 2012, the USA had 56,600,000 people on some sort of government financial assistance.

According to Japan’s Ministry of Health Labour and Welfare, as of June 2012, there were 2,115,477 people on some sort of government financial assistance.

In the USA, the official numbers show unemployment at 7.8% of the population. Unofficially, according to Shadow Stats, the unemployment rate is about 23%.

In Japan official unemployment stands at about 4.2%. Unofficially it is at 5.7%.

And that’s just a few of the big differences. There’s much more but I think you get the picture,

Now, you tell me, after considering the above, is comparing Japan and the United States fair when it comes to gun control or even Universal Health Care?

Can we find a cure for gun crime in the United States by looking at how another country with a vastly different history, culture and people with a completely different experience have dealt with it or do we have to look within ourselves and our own nation?

Could it be that the gun crimes and murder rate in the USA have little to do with the numbers of guns and everything to do with what Henson Ong said at a gun violence prevention public hearing said,

“Gun control does not work. Your own history is replete with high school rifle teams, Boy Scout marksmanship merit badges. You could buy rifles at hardware stores. You could order them – mail order them – delivered to your home. Your country was awash in readily available firearms and ammunition. And yet, in your past, you did not have mass shootings… What changed? It was not that the availability of guns suddenly exploded or increased, it actually decreased… What changed was societal decay…”

I think it must be pretty obvious to anyone who thinks about it when talking about gun control and crimes (or even universal health care) comparing the United States to Japan is like comparing a steak barbeque to a slice of fish.

Men may be from Mars, and women are from Venus, but never forget that the Japanese are most definitely from Japan… Americans are from who knows where.

And that’s just the way it is.



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ジョージ ドラマ出演決定 テレビ東京「二つの祖国」でFBI捜査官に

テレビ東京 開局55周年特別企画「二つの祖国」
2019年3月23日(土)24日(日)21時から2夜連続放送
これまで声の演技や、ジョージ本人役での出演はありましたが
今回 はじめて他のキャラクターとしての演技に挑戦!
ぜひご覧ください。
紹介されたニュースの一部をご紹介
●マイナビニュース
織田信成、愛新覚羅溥儀役に 『二つの祖国』国際派キャスト集結
● シネマトゥデイ ★yahooに転載あり
イケメン庭師・村雨辰剛が演技初披露 SPドラマ「二つの祖国」に多彩キャスト
●お笑いナタリー ★yahooに転載あり
小栗旬主演「二つの祖国」に厚切りジェイソン、チャック・ウィルソンら“国際派キャスト”(写真20枚)
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テレ東55周年ドラマ『二つの祖国』にモーリー・ロバートソン、セイン・カミュらの出演決定
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If you want to understand what a Japanese wants to say, listen to their hearts and not their words.

There’s a very old Japanese saying that goes like this; “If you want to understand what a Japanese wants to say, listen to their hearts and not their words.”

When I first came to live in Japan, I was told this by many of my close Japanese friends. I couldn’t understand it at all. I mean, as a westerner, and a male, it made no sense to me… It didn’t make any sense to me for the first 15 or 20 years of my living in Japan.

My reasoning went like this: How was I to understand what someone is thinking when their words tell me a different story? I am not Houdini or some sort of clairvoyant mind reader!

In fact, I remember many years ago, a very close friend of mine in Japan having much troubles because he always took what Japanese people said at face-value and considered them “liars” because they would often say one thing, but mean another. They would rarely “speak their hearts.” We had long discussions about this and he would often be angry and demand to me,

“If they think that, why don’t they just say so?!”

It is often said that Japanese people never say, “No!” Also they never say what they really mean. It’s true: Their true meaning is not in words spoken from their mouths, but not from their hearts.

My very close friend left Japan many years ago and never returned.

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Now, after working in big companies as an executive or advisor to presidents and high ranking executives; after seeing grown Japanese men crying at meetings; after dismissing several dozen Japanese staff from their duties when I was a general manager; after two divorces, and finally one happy marriage (today nearly 20 years); this saying makes perfect sense to me:

“If you want to understand what a Japanese wants to say, listen to their hearts and not their words.”

Recently, I’ve had two dear friends visiting from overseas for work. I witnessed this saying in action yesterday twice within the span of a few hours.

The first example was when one of my friends (who doesn’t speak Japanese) asked a nice Japanese gentleman to make a short speech in English for a promotional video. The Japanese man said something like,

“Oh, yes. I can do that.”

But as soon as my foreign friend was out of earshot, the Japanese gentlemen leaned to me and said, “Mike! What should I do?”

Now, most people would think that the, “What should I do?” means, “Help me with my English.” Or, “How shall I say this?” But that’s not what he means. Those are his words, but by listening to his heart, I could tell what he was really saying was, “I do not have confidence in my English to make a speech. Isn’t there anything you can do for me?”

I looked him right in the eye and said, “I understand. How about we do just a little comment in English and the rest in Japanese?”

His eyes grew bright and he smiled and shook my hand with a sigh or great relief, “Oh yes. That would be best. Thank you.”

We held almost all the speech in Japanese. It went well. A success.

The second case was when we went to a different company to organize a project that had been ordered by the big boss. We met two sections chiefs and one of their marketing staff. We did the Japanese business card exchange ritual and sat down. The first thing out of the section chief’s mouth was,

“Thank you for coming. We were ordered by our boss to make a video and told we don’t have any time except today…”

Once again, any rationally thinking westerner would hear that and shake their heads in agreement.

But that isn’t what the guy’s heart was saying was, I knew exactly what his heart was saying, and it was this,

“Thank you for coming. We were ordered by our boss to make a video and told we don’t have any time except today. This is worrisome as we just found out about it. We have absolutely no plan on what we want and how to do it. Do we have to do it today?”

They had no idea what was going on but couldn’t defy the bosses orders… They were hinting to us that they wanted time to make a plan. It was plainly obvious to me. I said,

“Oh? Well, dear sirs, we are merely here to help you and it isn’t necessary at all to make this video today. We are here to show you what we can do and when you folks are ready, we’re here to help you. We can even attend your planning meetings, if you like.”

It was like a huge balloon filled with the hot air of tension deflated right their on the spot. Our there Japanese hosts suddenly allowed their backs to relax and they slightly sank back into their seats knowing the deadline Sword of Damocles wasn’t hanging over their head at that very moment.

I felt good that I could understand what these two cases really wanted to say when they spoke. It was very satisfying.

From understanding their hearts, I immediately build a bond of great trust and a sort of acceptance and intimate understanding that the Japanese have with each other.

It was wonderful that my two foreign friends could witness this first hand when they were here.

If all of us foreigners living and working in Japan remember this, it makes working and living with the Japanese all that much easier.

“If you want to understand what a Japanese wants to say, listen to their hearts and not their words.”

Global Warming and Increasing Co2 Dump Nearly 9 inches (22 cm) of Snow on Tokyo in Less Than 24 Hours!

Global Warming and Climate Change have become the critical issue of our times. The changes are coming quicker and quicker. The last 24 hours makes two weeks in a row that Tokyo has set records for snowfall in February. The government must increase our taxes so that they can fix the climate like they’ve fixed our economy.

From Tokyo Today: 3 dead, 494 injured as heavy snow hits most of Japan:

TOKYO — The heaviest snow in two decades struck Tokyo and other areas across Japan on Saturday, leaving three dead and nearly 500 others injured in 29 prefectures, reports said. More than 740 flights were grounded as the weather agency issued a severe storm warning for the capital, while more than 40,000 households lost power. As much as 22 centimeters of snow was recorded Saturday afternoon in Tokyo, topping 20 centimeters for the first time since 1994, the meteorological agency and news reports said.

Catch that first line. Let me repeat it for you:

The heaviest snow in two decades struck Tokyo and other areas across Japan…

Let me repeat if for you in bold type letters:

The heaviest snow in two decades struck Tokyo and other areas across Japan…

Well, I’m not sure about all of Tokyo and most of Japan, but I am sure that this is the most snow I have ever witnessed in the Tokyo Yokohama area in 30 years and….

00snow back 21515My back patio… I guess there’s no BBQ nor lounging around there today!

It’s the first time in 15 years of living here that there has been so much snow that I cannot open my front gate. This makes massive snow storms now two weeks running…

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Well, OK, I did force the front gate open and took these photos for you. This is my front patio area.

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THis is up the street. Don’t worry lady, they aren’t coming to pick up the trash today! Not in this heavy snow, they aren’t… This makes two Saturdays in a row for that too!

snow trash 021514Don’t worry lady, no trash pick up today!

Maybe I should get my car out from under the snow…

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… So that I can drive around and take photos for dear reader of the winter wonderland…

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But, then again, maybe I won’t be taking the car out. Nobody else will either, even if they have snow tires… No one is going anywhere in this snow.

As everyone knows, and it goes without argument, consideration or debate that, Global Warming (now conveniently called “Climate Change”) causes the world to get warmer and colder.

Some will claim that 95% of the World’s Scientists All Agree that the world is getting warmer and it is the fault of man.

As a simpleton drunk, with extensive experience with snow and cold, I do have a problem with this. But who am I to argue with consensus? (I lived in Minnesota as a child and never remember it snowing heavily when it was warm. Funny that!)

Read here about 31,000 scientists as well as 9,029 with PhDs, who think the earth is flat here.

Eat Healthy For Your Child’s Own Good

Breakfast at the Rogers’ house. Raw lettuce, carrots, cucumbers, avocado, grapes, tangerines, lemon slice, tomatoes, walnuts, strawberries, grapefruit and (slightly boiled) broccoli along with homemade juice (not pictured) consisting of: cabbage, tomatoes, ginger root, bananas, broccoli, oranges, lemons. My son eats this everyday, every meal. Keep your and your child’s health in balance by eating like this always. No processed or fast foods! They’ll be happier, healthier and their brains won’t be fried by chemicals.breakfast 020914

Read more: People Are Poisoning Themselves and Their Own Children at Breakfast. Are You One of Them?

Japan Becomes World’s #1 Music Market by Wide Margin

Japan has now definitively surpassed the USA as the world’s #1 music market.

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I’ve written repeatedly about the music market in Japan. One of my favorites is here: Why Good UK and USA (Western) Independent and Alternative Artists Cannot Get Record or Publishing Deals in Japan.

I’ve also been doing my new morning show on InterFM called, “WTF?” (What the Friday?) Where we always try to play lots of new music. Many of the foreign artists we play tell me that their Japan sales have surpassed their US sales. I always tell them, “Because, in Japan, people still pay for music and CDs still sell here.” (Musicians! Come “Like” our FB page: https://www.facebook.com/WhattheFriday)

Now, I’ve found a wonderful article that backs me up.

Here’s a nice tidbit:

“Food, taxi rides, cinema tickets and even iTunes downloads are all way more expensive in Japan than in the USA. So a big part of the reason is that every download sold in Japan earns over twice the amount of money that it does in the USA. I will repeat this. To sell music is over twice as profitable in Japan as in most other countries specially the USA. That factor alone would almost completely explain the sameness in revenues of a country half the size.”

Read the full article here… https://indigoboom.com/4-reasons-why-big-in-japan-is-no-joke/

Happy New Year 2014! The Year of the “Hose”!

Happy New Year 2014! The Year of the “Hose”!

Year of the hose

This joke might be hard to understand for foreigners who don’t speak Japanese or vice versa…. Next year is the year of the Horse… But “Horse” and “Hose” are written the same way in Katakana (the Japanese alphabet for foreign words – there’s 3 alphabets in Japan, but the way, but that’s another story….)

Horse in Japanese is “uma.” When a Japanese studies English, they learn that “uma,” in English, is pronounced: “ho-su.” Which, you can probably guess, is the same pronunciation – and the same word – as the garden watering device… Also, hence, the pose that looks like I might be “riding” the hose.

The joke really gets to be an “inside joke” when you realize that in the red circle at the top right, there is a mix of the Japanese alphabet “Hiragana” (the language for Japanese things) for the “ho” and in Katakana for the “su.” It’s a curve ball!

It’s a 13-year-old level joke, but I think it wouldn’t occur to most Japanese so some of them think it’s hilarious!

WelI, as we all know, a joke that must be explained isn’t that funny… I guess, you’d have to be here to appreciate it!

Anyway, have a safe and Happy New Year!

May all your dreams come true in 2014!

Comparing Christmas in America and Christmas in Japan

I made this silly photo comparison. It speaks for itself.

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you!

May all your dreams come true in 2014! 

Japanglish and Intentional Misspellings!

OK, there’s Japanglish, where the Japanese do their darndest to try to get it right….

And don’t but it works anyway….

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Then there’s Japanglish, where the Japanese do their darndest to try to get it right….

But fail miserably… “I can act to bad girl”? What the heck does that mean?

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Then there’s Japanglish, that isn’t even Japangrish, it’s smart marketing…

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Sandrich? Get it? “A rich ice cream sandwich.” This was intentional as the Japanese usually have a problem with their “L’s” and “R’s” – they do not have a problem with their “W’s” and “R’s.”

“Sandrich”? Good idea!

ジョージ・ウイリアムズの新番組WOWOWでスタート!

ジョージ・ウイリアムズ MCレギュラー の新番組
11月15日金曜 WOWOWでスタート!

ジョージがMCをつとめる新番組がこの秋スタートします。
毎週金曜夜8時から「金曜カーソル」ぜひごらんください。

◎番組サイトURL

http://www.wowow.co.jp/kc

Cheerleaders for Abenomics Extremely Quiet: Inflation on Energy, Gas and Food Up – Wages Down

There’s an article at Bloomberg today that verifies what I’ve been saying since December of 2012: Abenomics is failing and is having the exact opposite effect of what was intended.

From Bloomberg: Japan Inflation Accelerates to Fastest Since 2008 on Energy

Japan’s inflation accelerated to the fastest pace since 2008 in August on higher energy costs, underscoring pressure on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to drive wage increases as he seeks to end 15 years of deflation.

Consumer prices excluding fresh food increased 0.8 percent from a year earlier, the statistics bureau said today in Tokyo. The median forecast of 30 economists surveyed by Bloomberg News was for a gain of 0.7 percent. Stripping out energy and perishables, prices fell 0.1 percent.

While, on the surface, and looking at just the core CPI, people are happy about Abenomics, but the cheerleaders are conspicuously silent; a quick peak under the surface shows why as there are massive problems building up.

Japan’s version of, “Change you can believe in!”

Abenomics is supposed to devalue to currency to increase exports all the while wages increase are supposed to help the Japanese public spend more thereby turbo-charging the domestic market.

But it isn’t working out that way at all.

First off all, Japan’s Trade Deficit was massively in the red for the 14th straight month in a row and hit a historical deficit record at the same time.

Please refer to: BNP Paribas Gives Abenomics Only 10% Chance of Success? – I Think They Are Way Too Optimistic

For the eight month period, the trade deficit hit a record of ¥6.8 trillion, up 66% from the same period in 2012, and up 332% from 2011. During that period in 2010, Japan had a surplus of ¥4.2 trillion! Japan’s trade fiasco is on a steep downward slope. August was the worst August ever, July the worst July ever, June the worst June ever…. There’s no discernible turning point on the horizon.

And secondly, wages for workers (the people who were supposed to benefit from all this and start buying stuff) have gone down for the 14th consecutive period in a row (I guess 14 is the magic number for the failure of Abenomics!) Bloomberg again:

Salaries in July extended the longest slide since 2010, with regular wages excluding overtime and bonuses falling 0.4 percent from a year earlier, a 14th straight drop.

Not only are wages declining, while energy (and food) costs are rising, there’s a double whammy of a 40% Sales Tax just around the corner!

Gasoline prices rose this month to the highest since 2008, according to the industry ministry. The nation’s last operating nuclear reactor was halted for maintenance on Sept. 15, leaving Japan without atomic power for the first time since July 2012, and more dependent on imported fuel…

The yen’s 20 percent slide against the dollar in the year through August pushed up fuel costs. While the data point to early success for Abe, a sales-tax increase scheduled for April will add to the burden on households and risk dragging on the nation’s economic rebound. Abe is set to announce a decision on the levy on Oct. 1.

“Without pay increases, households’ purchasing power will weaken gradually,” said Taro Saito, director of economic research at NLI Research Institute in Tokyo. “Abe will have to keep up his campaign on companies for wage growth.”

In this insane Keynesian experiment that Abe is trying, wages are supposed to rise along with inflation. In Japan, the opposite is happening.

This, again, is simple mathematics, folks…. We are witnessing a slow-motion train wreck in Japan.

The good news is consumer confidence is also way down in Japan (for the third month in a row)… Which is usually a precursor to a change in government….

…Rising prices in the absence of higher incomes have dented consumer sentiment, which could undermine consumption…

…Consumer confidence fell in August for a third consecutive month, and sentiment among merchants declined for a fifth month.

The average consumer confidence drops for three months in a row, amongst all the Abenomics recent good news? (polite laughter and applause here, please!) And amongst merchants, it drops for 5 months in a row, and people say I’m negative? Yes, OK. Fair enough. I may be negative on Abenomics, but I work amongst the Japanese and hear what they say and talk about. I’m no more negative than they are.

I just report the facts. Just the facts, ma’am!

Like I said, the best thing here in the news is the drop in confidence part. Why? A drop in confidence amongst the Japanese has always lead to a change in government… But, alas, in Japan’s case, and judging from recent history, a change in government won’t help… It’s too late to fix the debt to GDP problem, energy costs are skyrocketing, the nuclear power plants aren’t coming online anytime soon (and even if they did, that’s not exactly good news, is it?) and the system is broken.

Any new government of Japan will be more of the same: Meet the new boss, same as the old boss… Japan’s problem isn’t this political party or that… Japan’s problem is the government.

There’s a storm coming, folks.