I am annoyed and, some days, angry. I’m not allowed to vote, yet successive Japanese governments demand huge taxes from me through all sorts of practices. The private university pension scheme also requires significant monthly contributions, even though current discriminatory hiring practices make it next to impossible for foreign staff to ever recoup what they pay in. My fingerprints and eye scans are stored in a database, whereas rightwing lunatics are not subjected to the same debasement.

We have a colossal debt problem, but still no one is asking why it is that countries like Australia and Canada, which do not enjoy Japan’s economies of scale and have far more geography to contend with, can manage to be so much healthier than us.

For years, many of us have kept our end of the bargain, while corruption and inefficiency have flourished. The time is ripe for protest and class-action lawsuits.

r. gregg mcnabb

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