|Juno016 wrote: |
|shukero wrote: |
|I still don't know how this bill passed last year. (Or was it the year before?) and then the governor STILL got re-elected? Now that's ridiculous! I think it boils down to old people vote... Old people who obviously have old prejudices as well as stereotypes which they do not care to change. They also don't know what goes on day to day in their hometown, but uses the media to try and depict what is.
We should all know what happens when you just trust the media to tell you what is right, instead of looking up stuff yourself.
I really hope that the younger generation starts voting more in japan so they can throw out these old, "stuck in their ways" people who don't care about anything but votes, and what's best for themselves.
On a side note, I hope that's what happens to our own houses of congress next voting session with regards to PIPA and such.
Unlike a lot of the elections on the national level in Japan, I do believe the people directly vote for the governors of their prefecture. And yet, people like this get elected because some of the other runner-ups are just as bad, if not worse. Then again, if anyone comes in and threatens to sacrifice some of the wellfare for the elderly in order to improve the job market for the young, that person can pretty much say goodbye to their seat. The older people are cared for pretty well, and with so many, it gets expensive. And yet the younger generations are either forced or pushed into the life style of freeters and NEETs, with the government not even looking out for them. Only the ones who are lucky even have a chance of doing something productive, business-wise, with their lives.
If the older demographic wasn't so big, the younger demographic wouldn't feel as hopeless about the situation and would likely be more inclined to do something about it. Of course, they can if they pull it together. But pulling it together is going to be harder than waiting for the elderly to wither away... so don't expect anything to change drastically soon.
Oh yes. And taking care of the younger generation would also take care of their birth rate and population decline issues, for sure. The government legislators and officials just can't blame it on their policies because their policies are what make them popular.
talk about collective self-interest-centered human consciousness working in miraculous ways though. the boomer generation just decided instinctively to reduce future population either by law such as in china with their single-baby policy, or by collective social consent like in the us. it's almost as if they saw this coming all along, and planned for hogging all the wealth until they retire, reducing younger population for less downward pressure through votes and reduce material consumption at the same time, for having a smaller young sector. it's almost as if done through some ingeniously inventive planning. i know it's not a conspiracy executable by any small core of individuals, no matter how smart, but i can understand why there is so much conspiracy floating around in this day and age.
never underestimate the devious scheming of people. it can be done at any level, individual or collectively as a people as policies of one generation against the next, and it can even be done subconsciously to escape even self's guilt conscience, disguised to self as 'good intent to preserve the earth and lessen consumption by population reduction', 'green policies' or otherwise, while in fact it's really to consume just as much material and natural resource just as fast, but all for themselves by having less demographic rivals in the first place.