Japan Is So Broke That Its Prisons Are Full Of 80+ Year Old ‘Felons’

Japan Is So Broke That Its Prisons Are Full Of 80+ Year Old ‘Felons’:

‘Mrs. F.’ was 84 years old the first time she ever went to prison.

Her crime? Petty shoplifting. She stole rice, strawberries, and cold medicine.

She served her time. Got released. Then shoplifted again so that she’d go back to prison.

She’s now 89 years old serving out another 2 ½ year sentence, not too far away from where I am right now, at a women’s prison about 60 miles outside of Tokyo.

She’s not the only one.

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Japan seeks help to block North Korea’s smuggling at sea

Japan seeks help to block North Korea’s smuggling at sea:

Asia-Pacific countries will work together to block sanctions evasion

TOKYO — Japan wants help from partners, including the U.S. and South Korea, to keep an eye on North Korea’s maritime smuggling and hold the hermit state to international sanctions.

To that end, the Tokyo government will hold working-level meetings with Washington and Seoul officials. The goal is to involve countries throughout the Asia-Pacific region to monitor internatioanl waters for sanctions evastion by Pyongyang.

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JAPAN: American tourist with a ‘Turkish surname’ beheads a Japanese woman. Is he a Muslim?

JAPAN: American tourist with a ‘Turkish surname’ beheads a Japanese woman. Is he a Muslim?:

American tourist Yevgeniy Vasilievich Bayraktar taken into custody and questioned in Japan after missing woman’s severed head is found in a suitcase. Video footage from a surveillance camera showed the woman entering a flat with the man, before the man was later seen coming in and out alone several times, carrying a large bag.

H/t reader kevin a.

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Fukushima nuclear disaster: Lethal levels of radiation detected in leak seven years after plant meltdown in Japan

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Fukushima Turned Japan Into A Shithole 1-18-2018 | Organic Slant (Video)

H/t reader squodgy:

“Fukushima continues to be ignored by the press, but on site the Category 7 disaster only warrants 6 days attendance per week.
That’s right folks, we’re not open Sundays despite ongoing meltdown of 3 reactors! Duh!!!”

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$500 MILLION Crypto Heist: Japanese Exchange Coincheck Halts Trade, ‘Deeply Sorry’ For Users’ Loss

$500mn crypto heist: Japanese exchange Coincheck halts trade, ‘deeply sorry’ for users’ loss:

The Japanese cryptocurrency exchange Coincheck has suspended trading and withdrawals, saying it “deeply regrets” the loss of tokens worth some $500 million in what appears to be the biggest crypto heist in history.

Coincheck confirmed late Friday that the unknown hackers might have stolen some 500 million NEM tokens (worth up to ¥58 billion or around $532 million at the time of the incident), which makes it the biggest ever theft from a cryptocurrency exchange. The previous record-holder was Mt.Gox, a world leading bitcoin exchange, in February 2014 when some 850,000 bitcoins (worth $390 million at the time) were stolen from the platform, preceding its eventual demise.

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Social Security Proposes “Immediate And Permanent Reduction” In Benefits

“The Social Security Administration itself reports that 62% of recipients rely on the program for at least HALF of their income.

And further research by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) shows that, without Social Security, 22.1 million Americans would fall below the poverty line.

Needless to say, major cuts to the program would have nuclear effects.”

Social Security Proposes “Immediate And Permanent Reduction” In Benefits:

On a deep, dark evening last June in the spectacularly celestial deserts of northern Chile, scientists made a phenomenal discovery.

It was a supernova… one that they named ASASSN-15lh.

This wasn’t just any supernova. It was the BIGGEST and BRIGHTEST supernova ever recorded.

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Japanese renewables firm takes on Tesla in solar panels tech, says it can replace building materials

Japanese renewables firm takes on Tesla in solar panels tech, says it can replace building materials:

A Japanese firm intends to give Tesla a run for its technology, by making solar cells in designs that can make it building material substitutes.

H/t reader kevin a.

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Tokyo-Bound Flight U-Turns To LAX To Remove “Unauthorized Person” Due To “Mix Up”

Tokyo-Bound Flight U-Turns To LAX To Remove “Unauthorized Person” Due To “Mix Up”:

An All Nippon Airways flight en route from Los Angeles to Tokyo was forced to turn around four hours into the eleven hour journey to remove an “unauthorized person” from the flight, angering passengers who were told by the airline that passenger had a ticket for another airline.

A twitter user claiming to have been on board flight ANA 175 said that four people were questioned and detained; “1 Muslim,2 white, and 1 asian lady.” 

Police said the massive U-turn was due to amix up, and was straightened out,” according to ABC7, and that the flight has been rescheduled to depart Wednesday morning.

Model Christine Teigen was aboard and documented the incident over Twitter. 

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China To Overtake US As World’s Largest Economy By 2032

China To Overtake US As World’s Largest Economy By 2032:

Case in point: A report published by a UK think tank posits that China will surpass the US to become the world’s largest economy by 2032. Meanwhile, Asian countries will comprise four of the world’s five largest economies, according to Bloomberg.

The report, published by the London-based Center for Economics and Business Research, also sees India leapfrogging the U.K. and France next year to become the world’s fifth-biggest economy.

By 2027, it will have moved to third place, moving ahead of Germany.

In 2032, three of the four largest economies will be Asian – China, India and Japan. Interestingly, India’s advance won’t stop there: According to the CEBR, the South Asian country will steal the No. 1 spot from China by mid-century. Also by 2032, South Korea and Indonesia will have entered the top 10, supplanting Italy and Canada – two members of the Group of Seven.

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One Bank Believes It Found The Identity Of Who Is “Propping Up The Bitcoin Market”

One Bank Believes It Found The Identity Of Who Is “Propping Up The Bitcoin Market”:

Back in May when the Chinese domination over Bitcoin was ending, we predicted that it would shift over to Japan, specifically, we said that “just as the Chinese bubble frenzy in bitcoin is fading, it may be replaced with a new one, in which thousands of Mrs. Watanabe traders shift their attention away from the FX market and toward digital currencies” and added that “If the transition is seamless, there is no telling just how far this particular bubble can grow.”

Judging by the exponential price surge in bitcoin in the subsequent period, we were clearly right on the latter, and now, according to a new analysis, we were also right on the former, because as Deutsche Bank reveals in a new report by Masao Muraki, “Japanese men in their 30s and 40s who are engaged in leveraged FX trading (or who used to trade but have stopped) are driving the cryptocurrency market” and who according to DB, happen to be more or less idiots, arguably because for the time being they are outperforming every other asset class… in history, to wit: “Japanese retail investors are less financially literate than their US peers across all age groups. Compared to the US, financial literacy is particularly poor among people 35-54 years of age. The poor literacy of Japanese retail investors also stands out beside UK and German investors.”

Ah yes, by contrast the financial literacy of the world’s central-planners is off the charts. Look where that got us…

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Fukushima Cover-Up: “Keep cancers a secret” say doctors — “We’re getting leukemia and cataracts and we die suddenly” — “Students having sudden heart attacks” — Officials “actively ignoring” reports of illness and death

Fukushima Cover-Up: “Keep cancers a secret” say doctors — “We’re getting leukemia and cataracts and we die suddenly” — “Students having sudden heart attacks” — Officials “actively ignoring” reports of illness and death

H/t reader squodgy.

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