I'm working near Tsukiji Fish Market at the moment - so went to check it out, and eat some sushi nearby!
Another Tokyo adventure! Lots of Pokémon, Youkai Watch, Star Wars and Haikyuu! at the Tokyo International Toy Show. I call it the ‘Toy Fair’ in the video, but I made a mistake.
Sorry for the gap between vlogs! I’ve had a busy week. My deadline for getting a new draft to my editor was yesterday, and I’ve also started an excellent new job. Luckily, I made the deadline, and next comes beginning the real work on the sequel! Exciting stuff! Anyway, I’ve finally been able to put together a vlog about going to Sanrio’s Puroland indoor theme park, where everything is pink, pink, pink. Not altogether my sort of thing, but it was fun to go with friends!
I got distracted reading an article about Japan’s famous economic problems post-Abenomics and spent hours getting annoyed that people assume that if you don’t agree with austerity, you must have a Keynsian view of spending and optimum levels of debt. You can agree that policies to encourage widespread consumption – not necessarily artificial short-term stimulus packages – are a better answer to economic problems than austerity without having to think that a government should indefinitely increase its debt or maintain it at 50-70% of GDP. If anything, looking at Japan is a good way to learn the wrong ways of encouraging consumption by increasing borrowing…and I do wonder what will happen when it all goes dramatically wrong. Here’s how I see it, admittedly as a layman. Japan’s main problems, before the aging population problem kicks in, are the rise of off-shoring and the devaluation of the yen being timed really badly, with little being exported and far too much importing of fossil fuels. Tech companies here need to manufacture in Japan – but for those companies, that doesn’t make sense. So fundamentally, one of the biggest problems – which much of the world will soon share – is that in a globalised world, how can you compete with ultra-cheap labour except by providing ultra-cheap labour yourself? But to do that requires a citizenship willing to work in conditions that aren’t what you would call pleasant, or necessarily compatible with international human rights. What is Japan to do? I honestly don’t know. Encouraging manufacture here is the only viable answer I can see, which would involve bringing the cheap labour here, which means lax immigration laws. And as we know, that’s something the Japanese are going to resist as much as they possibly can.
Should be able to post a vlog about fashion-related stuff soon! But in the meantime, here's one about taking long walks in Tokyo 🙂
Was invited to a fun, very geeky cosplay event. The best parts were performances from voice actors and the singers of well-known anime songs! Remember kids, don't film in Japanese gigs. It's naughty. Off to Tokyo Decadence tonight. Getting dressed up, haha!
Today's vlog is a wee bit more observational! Since moving to Japan, I've noticed that have a great love of plastic bags and other packaging. So that's what I'm going to talk about today!